Sunday, March 27, 2016

Experience a modern form of astral projection with Microsoft's 'holoportation' using HoloLens and this must blow your mind


HoloLens tech from Microsoft Research, which can create 3D models of people in remote locations and project them into the room you're in tech that could be used for games as well as Skype-like video conferencing, the use that it is put to in the demo.
HoloLens, at $3,000, is still far from being a consumer product -- but this demo shows the appeal and its potential for game developers.
What's also notable here is that there are views of the in-device experience periodically in the bottom-left corner of the window, giving a more "honest" look at what the experience will actually feel like.
It's also worth noting that Meta has developed similar remote-meeting technology for its AR glasses, which we got to try out at GDC -- and which worked well. That company is currently taking preorders for its new dev kit at $949.   If you think you have a sense of what Microsoft's HoloLens headset can do, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The company's Alex Kipman recently presented a TED Talk on HoloLens that included multiple fresh demos illustrating Kipman's vision of an augmented reality future. He showed off virtual caves and forests, and a space where you could watch TV at one moment and talk to family in the next. The highlight, however, comes near the end: Kipman talks to an avatar of NASA's Jeffrey Norris standing on a recreation of Mars. Suddenly, Star Wars' holograms aren't so far-fetched.

A question-and-answer session after the presentation also helps explain how Microsoft produces the holographic effect for an external camera at an event. While HoloLens normally maps environments in real-time, Microsoft pre-maps the stage so that it can maintain the demo even when the WiFi invariably bogs down. Also, while the outside camera uses a fisheye lens to create an extremely wide field of view, Kipman is quick to note that the points of light in a given area are identical
the experience is fundamentally the same. In short, you'll probably feel like you got your money's worth if you dared to drop $3,000 on the developer HoloLens unit.
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