Earlier in the year, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman showed off how a mixture of HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets could be used by companies to collaborate remotely as if they are in the same room.
Today Object Theory, a member of the Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner Program has launched Prism, a free collaboration experience for HoloLens on the Windows Store. This application allows participants to discuss truly three-dimensional objects and environments from anywhere in the world through shared experiences via life-size 3D avatars and spatial audio chat.
The application allows participation of up to four participants per session and includes two demo experiences – designing a modern house and planning a mountain hike on Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest peak.
“Prism provides HoloLens users around the world with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with holographic objects and environments in their real world,” said Michael Hoffman, Founding Partner, Object Theory. “We’ve been working on our Mixed Reality Collaboration Service for two years, and after deploying it successfully for several client projects, we felt it was the right time to release a free application on the Windows Store that demonstrates to HoloLens users the power of collaborative computing.”
The Mixed Reality Collaboration Service includes support for customized avatars, display of 3D models at tabletop and true scale sizes, audio chat with spatial sound, and annotations. This helps organizations improve communication with efficient viewing and discussion of 3D models, regardless of the participants’ location.
This technology by Object Theory is currently being used in custom application development projects today by enterprise customers. Object Theory offers several license options for its Mixed Reality Collaboration Service, including the creation of custom, collaboration-enabled applications and source code licensing for enterprise customers. The company also offers a commercial version of the Prism application that allows organizations to import their own 3D models and collaborate in private sessions.
“At its core, Prism is about showcasing the power of collaborative computing with Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality,” said Raven Zachary, Founding Partner, Object Theory. “Our public release of this application is just the beginning of showcasing next-generation collaboration scenarios, something we expect to be a major focus for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality applications in the years to come.”
Prism by Object Theory features:
- Avatar-based holographic telepresence
- Spatial audio chat
- Shared experience supporting up to four networked users at a time
- Demo experiences – designing a house and planning a mountain hike
- Display of 3D models at tabletop and true-scale sizes
- Annotations in 3D space
The app can be downloaded today from the Windows Store. Read more about the app and service at ObjectTheory.com/prism.