Augmented Perception through Mirror Worlds


We describe a system that mirrors a public physical space
into cyberspace to provide people with augmented awareness of that space. Through views on web pages, portable
devices, or on `Magic Window’ displays located in the physical space, remote people may `look in’ to the space, while people within the space are provided information not apparent through unaided perception. For example, by looking at a mirror display, people can learn how long others have been
present, where they have been, etc. People in one part of
a building can get a sense of the activities in the rest of
the building, who is present in their office, look in to a talk
in another room, etc. We describe a prototype for such a
system developed in our research lab and office space.