One of the biggest problems with the latest technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented reality is that is it really difficult to show an audience exactly what the user is experiencing – it is something that is best experienced yourself to realise its potential.
This has been one of the biggest problems with Microsoft’s HoloLens, which up until now, had to have a full professional-grade camera setup to let audiences see their HoloLens presentations, and what it was actually capable of doing.
Luckily for us, Microsoft may have just released the answer, as the Windows maker is releasing a new tool, called Spectator View, which will provide a third-person experience of what someone wearing a HoloLens is experiencing.
Microsoft has pointed out three major uses for this kind of technology so far – photo capture for high-res images of holograms, live demonstrations and, of course, video capture. Take a look at what it can do in the video below:
There are a couple of drawbacks with the technology at the moment with the main one being you can’t move the camera around, like Microsoft did in its own demonstrations, otherwise the hologram won’t render properly. You also need a genlock signal to match the timing of the camera and HoloLens, which may prove to be quite a monumental task.
Having been interested in the HoloLens since its announcement, I can’t help but feel like this is a big step forward in the device’s potential as now other companies developing products for it will be able to show off exactly what they’ve been developing, which may further increase ideas and development of the product itself.
Either way, if you’re interested in the Spectator View and exactly how Microsoft goes about it, you can read up about it on the dedicated developer page.