As holographic experiences prove for Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap One, volumetric video capture is a key component to enable the more realistic augmented reality experiences of the future Tomorrow today with the AR platform maker 8th Wall as the newest company to offer volumetric video after Verizon and Apple took their own steps last week to purchase 3D and Motion Capture technology.
This week, 8th Wall announced that developers can now integrate content from Microsoft's Mixed Reality Capture studios into the 8th Wall Web, the platform for cross-platform and web-based AR experiences. In this way, mobile web users can view highly realistic 3D content in their physical environment via the web browser on their smartphone or tablet.
"We're very excited about the Working with 8th Wall, we were impressed by how good our holograms look and play in their WebAR. So simple and instant access really does deliver the promise of volumetric mixed reality video anytime, anywhere, "said Steve Sullivan, General Manager of Mixed Reality Capture Studio, in a statement.
8th Wall's support for Mixed Reality Capture Stud io is not the first foray into the volumetric video. During the summer, 8th Wall allowed developers to use 8i holograms for web-based AR experiences.
"We were looking for an easy way to demonstrate the connectivity between a real person and a hologram, which is a great achievement for us," said Esta Chiang, technical director of volume measurement at 8i, in a statement.
The integration of Microsoft's volumetric video feature in 8th Wall Web follows Verizon's purchase of Jaunt, the VR startup that spun along with Apple's acquisition of iKinema and its real-time motion capture technology Year volumetric video capture was introduced.
The leading AR headsets have already shown what futuristic experiences volumetric video capture can do. Microsoft has demonstrated the ability to bring an AR clone to life, while Mimesys made the holographic telepresence a reality, prompting Magic Leap to acquire the company and its technology.
These next-generation experiences are a dream for Verizon and AT & T Two companies that focus on augmented reality content as evidence of the need to advance 5G networks.
However, the use of the technology by 8th Wall shows that mobile AR experiences can currently benefit from it. For example mobile-ar.reality.news/news/model-ashley-graham-struts-through-augmented-reality-via-3d-capture-by-new-york-times-0186969/ The New York Times has shown how it can use volumetric videos for feature films.
While there are only a few studios like Microsoft's Mixed Reality Capture, there are innovations like Jaunt's, which has developed not only the portable studio technology but also the software. Content manipulation and platforms like 8th Wall for the release of the Results could lead to a rush of more realistic AR experiences in the coming months.