RayGraphy: Aerial Volumetric Graphics Rendered Using Lasers in Fog

Wataru Yamada, Hiroyuki Manabe, Daizo Ikeda, Jun Rekimoto

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We present RayGraphy display technology that renders volumetric graphics by superimposing the trajectories of lights in indoor space filled with fog. Since the traditional FogScreen approach requires the shaping of a thin layer of fog, it can only show two-dimensional images in a narrow range that is close to the fog-emitting nozzle. Although a method that renders volumetric graphics with plasma generated using high-power laser was also proposed, its operation in a public space is considered quite dangerous. The proposed system mainly comprises dozens of laser projectors circularly arranged in a fog-filled space, and renders volumetric graphics in a fog by superimposing weak laser beams from the projectors. Compared to the conventional methods, this system employing weak laser beams and the non-shaped innocuous fog is more scalable and safer. We aim to construct a new spatial augmented reality platform where computer-generated images can be drawn directly in the real world. We implement a prototype that consists of 32 laser projectors and a fog machine. Moreover, we evaluate and discuss the system performance and characteristics in experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SUI 2020
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379434
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 31
Externally publishedYes
Event6th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, SUI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: 2020 Oct 312020 Nov 1

Publication series

NameProceedings - SUI 2020: ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction


Conference6th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, SUI 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • augmented reality
  • fog screen
  • laser
  • volumetric display

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction


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