Today, at a special AR / VR-focused event hosted in its Altspace virtual reality community platform, Microsoft showcased a new product to provide its HoloLens AR platform and Windows Mixed Reality VR platform with a shared platform for meetings.
The app is called Microsoft Mesh and provides users with a cross AR / VR meeting space to interact with other users and 3D content, handling all the difficult technical parts of sharing multi-player spatial experiences on the Web. Like Microsoft’s other AR / VR apps, the selling seems to be less in software and more in letting developers tap into additional Azure specialization, creating their own software that builds on capabilities. The company announced that AltspaceVR will now be Mesh compatible.
In the presentation of the company, they looked to the fences to present potential use cases, bringing in James Cameron, the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil and Pokémon Go Niantic developer.
Microsoft’s HoloLens platform has always been the most impressive when it comes to viewers in a shared space watching the same digital content in the same room that is invisible to everyone. Inside Mesh, other users are portrayed as cartoonish avatars, a design break that has hit countless other AR / VR apps and platforms. Microsoft says the hope is to someday broadcast a user’s 3D photo-realistic presence in the app, but that will certainly require the commoditization of some complex camera hardware.
The company presented a concept video for Mesh, which appears to be a few years ahead in several places than the current software.
Mesh doesn’t offer capabilities terribly unique to the space computing world – all of this is pretty standard in terms of bells and whistles – the distinguishing factor is the extent of access, which was once the unique distinguishing feature. of the AltspaceVR platform. the day. Mesh can be accessed on HoloLens 2, many VR headsets, phones, tablets, and PCs, providing a window to the futuristic platform even for desktop users.
The software is now available for preview on HoloLens 2 alongside its AltspaceVR integration.
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