One of the main differences between HoloLens and other VR systems is the ability to blend computer generated content with the real world. Microsoft even demonstrated by having animated content such as monsters on a table in the room. Their technology figures out how to present virtual objects so they fit in with the real world. Imagine a person’s hologram is projected in front of you, you could walk around the imaginary people just as if they were real, your viewpoint changing seamlessly as if they were actually there. How to create content something like that? Microsoft now has built a holographic TV studio in Redmond. This TV studio has roughly 100 cameras capture a performance from many different angles and their algorithms create a highly accurate 3-D model of the person performing, resulting in a photo-real appearance. Microsoft calls them video holograms.
“There’s something magical about it being real people and motion,” he said. “If you have a HoloLens, you really feel these performances are in your world.”
Microsoft is working on making it practical and cheap enough for other companies to record content in this form. It might one day be possible to visit a local studio and record a 3-D snapshot of a child at a particular point in life, said Sullivan.
At a recent technology conference, Microsoft demonstrated several holographic videos recording using this technology. Some of them are theatrical and acrobatic performances, sports instruction like golf technique, catwalk models for a clothing line.
Imagine you want to buy a dress online, instead of making your decision by seeing the 2D images of a model wearing that dress, HoloLens will allow you to see a model in video holograms. Microsoft has announced that more details of the technology will be released this summer.