AR Dream Machine

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People have been fascinated by and also puzzled by a dream for centuries. Many artists have been trying to visualize the bizarre dream world through various media. However, there isn’t an artwork or research yet to explore the possibility of making highly customized dreams for individuals.
This research project aims to address this research void by making a wearable device that can monitor an individual’s emotional variation during the day and video record the stimulating events when emotional arousal is detected. The captured stimuli will then be uploaded to a web server in real-time, which can be viewed by the audience at any time. Moreover, we will train an AI video editing system that allows the audience to feed with different videos from the web servers and generate a highly customized dream. This dream simulation project is created based on the widely acknowledged theory of dream that dream consists of recent emotional salient memories, past memories, current concerns, and social-cultural elements. During our first project, we will first explore how to simulate dreams based on the recent emotional salient memories and current concerns of individuals.

Except for dream simulation, this device will also be used in the study of performing AR compassion focus therapy on people with excessive self-criticism. After getting the consent form from participants, we will play several recorded videos that elicit the audience’s emotions related to self-blame. The moving images of the audience sitting and watching the video will be volumetrically captured. And after watching the video, the participant will be equipped with an AR headset, through which they can see the volumetric captured images of themselves sitting and watching the video. They will be asked to deliver comfort to the self who was watching the video and suffering from the negative emotion. The moving images of the participants delivering compassion to themselves will be volumetrically captured. Subsequently, the participant will be guided to return to the original sitting position and watch the reply of recorded volumetric capture of themselves, delivering compassion. This human subject study is designed based on the existed clinical protocol of performing CFT on people with excessive self-criticism.


Liu Chang & Alvaro Cassinelli

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