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 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.
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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.
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