Since the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last month, where Microsoft gave a live demonstration at its conference of the mixed reality (MR) HoloLens head-mounted display (HMD) device, very little news has been revealed since. Now a video has been released by the company showing how it makes holographic video content for the device.
In a specially built green screen room with 106 synchronised RGB and infrared cameras located around a central point. The process starts by creating a silhouette of what is being recorded so that all the background can be removed before processing the various depth masks and textures needed.
The HoloLens consists of a see-through lens with built-in cameras that allows users to see and interact with holograms. While Microsoft’s live demonstrations have consisted of using entertainment software like Minecraft, the company has already stated that HoloLens won’t be aimed at videogames first. VRFocus previously reported that CEO Satya Nadella said: “In the HoloLens case, when I look at the interest, it’s amazing how many are in hospitals, healthcare, retail. That’s where I’m seeing the interest and we’ll definitely go after it.”
With Microsoft pursuing developers and enterprise scenarios, being able to produce holographic content for the HoloLens is vital via this setup, but what isn’t clear is if the room can be used by early adopters of HoloLens to make content for specific needs.
No release date has been given for HoloLens but VRFocus will report on the latest news and updates regarding the device.