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Facebook Open-Sources DeepFocus For More Realistic Virtual Reality Images

February 05, 2019 / Longjam Dineshwori

Facebook has open-sourced DeepFocus, an AI powered framework for improving focus on close objects, to help others in the virtual reality (VR) research community. DeepFocus works with advanced prototype headsets, rendering blur in real time and at various focal distances. The core technology behind DeepFocus is a novel end-to-end convolutional neural network that produces an accurate retinal blur as soon as the eye looks at different parts of a scene.In a recent blog post, Facebook research team explained, “When someone wearing a DeepFocus-enabled headset looks at a nearby object, it immediately appears crisp and in focus, while background objects appear out of focus, just as they would in real life. This defocused blur (also known as retinal blur) is important for achieving realism and depth perception in VR.” They also claimed that DeepFocus is the first system that can produce this effect in real time for VR applications.DeepFocus is compatible with all existing VR games ...