Ravensbourne and DoubleMe, an Incubation company which provides mixed reality holographic experiences has this week launched HoloPortal™, the UK’s first facility which captures still or moving objects and generates 3D virtual doubles placing them into virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) worlds.
HoloPortal, which is housed here at Ravensbourne and developed by DoubleMe, allows the user to become the content in an efficient affordable process new to the industry. It has a 3D volumetric video system which captures a still or moving target shot from different angles. The system then converts this target into animated 3D models or holographic virtual reality characters in real time. These characters can then be imported into various 3D contexts such as video games, 3D animation, VR, AR, MR (viewed through a Microsoft HoloLens headset) and 3D printing.
HoloPortal has eight HD cameras around the facility to produce holographic VR characters. The characters preserve the original volumetric 3D meshes, movement and the textures (i.e. skin, facial expressions, clothing or moving of subjects such as people or animals).