Microsoft shows off HoloLens Spectator View rig

Microsoft's HoloLens can offer up some truly awesome experiences for those wearing the headset, but sharing those experiences in a high-quality, compelling way can be a challenge. Now, Microsoft is attempting to address the problem with a pretty cool, albeit somewhat hacky, "Spectator View" rig.

Essentially a camera rig with a HoloLens mounted on top, Spectator View makes it possible to show an entire audience of people what someone wearing a HoloLens is seeing with high-quality mixed reality capture. According to Microsoft's instructions (opens in new tab) for developers, using Spectator Mode will require 4 main components:

  • An app built specifically to enable spectator view, which is based on shared holographic experiences.
  • A user wearing HoloLens using the app.
  • A spectator view camera rig providing a third-person perspective video.
  • A desktop PC running the shared experience app and compositing the holograms into a spectator view video.

That said, putting a spectator view rig together is no easy feat. While the documentation is open to anyone on Github, building the rig requires not only a second HoloLens and DSLR camera, but some 3D printed mounting components as well.

Once set up, the rig will help developers and companies show off a high-quality view of what their HoloLens apps can do. And while HoloLens does have a Mixed Reality Capture mode built in, it has its own quality limitations that this rig can overcome. For more, be sure to check out Microsoft's spectator view instructions.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

4 Comments
  • For the rich and famous ☹ ... One HoloLens cost too much as it is... But a camera & a second HoloLens... Smh Sheesh
  • still just for developers/companies...and I guess rich people too who can afford one hah
  • I can envisage a world where someone charges money for a holo lens studio like music recording studios, they have the cameras holo lens and setup all set, ou just nring your pc and code.
  • Eventually it will be priced better. These things take time. It took 10 years for VR to reach this price level.