Has a great view Kingsman: The Golden Circle In which Egsee and other leaders of the secret spy agency (Channing Tatum, too, of course) gather around a board room table – except that they aren’t actually there. Each one of them is a hologram, thanks to incredible technology in a pair of simple looking glasses.
This is a common trope in cinema, something James Bond and Ethan Hunt have also used. And this is not possible only with today’s augmented reality technology.
was not I mean.
Today at the Microsoft Ignite Developer Conference, Tech Innovator unveiled the cross-technology platform Microsoft Mesh, which allows app developers to create persistent virtual environments for collaboration, communication and more.
Aries extend the boardroom scene even further, allowing people from all over the world share Hologram. Yes, you can toss a virtual key to someone else. It sounds silly, but it opens up huge new worlds, thanks to calculations so complex that it’s hard to fathom.
Fun with hologram
To get a feel for the new technology, Microsoft sent me a crate with a very fancy HP Omen gaming laptop, a Hololens 2 headset, and HP’s mixed reality headset, called the Reverb G2. Those last two devices create two very different virtual environments. Hololens is primarily an augmented reality device; This is essentially a clear visor, such as you can remember from the shop class, on which the device can beam images. Your eyes gather in front of you and virtual images from the world in a new reality, which is better than the simple world you live in.
A mixed-reality headset is a virtual reality device, which means taking you into a completely new world. Microsoft Mesh works on both desktops (PC and Mac), and shortly thereafter, on Android and iPhone devices, Microsoft says.
To test this, I donated a Hololens 2 and fired it. The headset creates a detailed map of your environment with your hands – there is no need for controllers here. You launch apps and adjust settings via a menu, accessed by pressing a temporary Windows icon on your wrist.
I launched the test app (it’s called Phenix, while it was still in beta) and met the floating avatar of Greg Sullivan, director of Mixed Reality at Microsoft, around a flickering work surface that we personally know Can give space and size in physical environment. I smoothed the virtual table between my real bed and the door, locked it on the ground, and turned my attention to the jellyfish, the earth, and the whale shark.
“It’s like the metaverse.”
Hololence is uniquely spontaneous; You hold any hologram with your hands, either pinch it or snatch them like a fly ball, and spin them, protrude, or shrink them exactly as you expect. And sure enough, Sullivan and I were able to move the hologram back and forth. I picked up the shark, which spun its tail monthly, and expanded it to get a better look under its pale water. I passed it across the table to another reporter, who caught it and piled it on top of the jellyfish.
Fun with Hologram! I faced only one problem: I lock my hands when I lower my arms to my sides, and I accidentally grabbed the hologram. The application crashed once or twice, but it is a technical proof of concept and nothing else. Consider the proven concept.
Sure, we can’t tie a fist to save our lives – heck, we were just avatars, after all – but it was a collaboration for another dimension.
Sullivan said to me, “It’s like the metaverse.” “When someone who is not in a room with you hands you a hologram, it is a very powerful experience.”
New platform in the making
I experienced Aries through the Phenix app, but Microsoft is thinking of it as a platform, and says that it will allow the SDK to add this ability to any developer in their app – so at the Ignite Developer Conference declare.
The initial demo reviews a design on purpose. This is a natural opportunity for this kind of collaboration, Sullivan said, and any time you can avoid flying into a factory to inspect a prototype product, a company will save money. Other possible applications, including remote support and training, manufacturing, and more.
Architects and engineers could physically walk through a holographic model of a factory floor under construction, observing how all pieces of equipment fit together in three dimensions, possibly avoiding costly mistakes. Engineering or medical students learning about electric car engines or human anatomy can gather around a holographic model as an avatar and remove parts of the engine or peel off the muscles to look down Huh.
Microsoft also promised to release mesh-driven versions of its own apps in the near future, though a timeline was disappointingly absent. The environment of an mesh-driven team feels like a no-brainer, after all, and the company already has a library of 3D objects, including an office suite.