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Legendary Pictures is using HoloLens to bring its characters to life as holograms
Legendary Pictures is using HoloLens to bring its characters to life as holograms
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At the Hollywood premiere of Warcraft a few months ago, moviegoers could "meet" Orgrim Doomhammer via HoloLens
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At the Hollywood premiere of Warcraft a few months ago, moviegoers could "meet" Orgrim Doomhammer via HoloLens
Legendary Pictures is using HoloLens to bring its characters to life as holograms
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Legendary Pictures is using HoloLens to bring its characters to life as holograms

With AR in the spotlight thanks to the runaway success of Pokemon Go, many heads might be turning towards Microsoft's HoloLens, the AR headset that lets users see 3D holograms in the living room. Though a consumer version might be a long way off, Microsoft is trickling out details about how its partners are experimenting with the dev kit. Legendary Pictures shows off what its been up to in a new video, bringing movie characters to life as holograms.

While gaming will no doubt be part of the eventual HoloLens ecosystem, Microsoft appears to want its AR system to be more versatile and lifestyle-oriented, pinning virtual notes around the house or allowing holographic video calls.

Legendary's use of the system brings to mind the techniques used in those video calls. With a ring of synchronized RGB and infrared cameras in a green screen room, the studio is able to capture a full 3D animated model of an actor, and produce a video that's viewable from any angle. Seen through a HoloLens, a user can walk completely around the character and, to an extent, interact with it. The same effect can be achieved with a fully CG character too, using the model's 3D data.

At the Hollywood premiere of Warcraft a few months ago, moviegoers could "meet" Orgrim Doomhammer via HoloLens
At the Hollywood premiere of Warcraft a few months ago, moviegoers could "meet" Orgrim Doomhammer via HoloLens

"Microsoft HoloLens lets us bring characters from the worlds we create into the real world," says Emily Castel, Legendary's Chief Marketing Officer. "Our fans get to interact and have fun with our characters in a completely new way, giving them a unique experience they can share with their friends through video and social media. This is exciting for us, and for the creators we work with."

In the video below, users are able to take characters from movies like Warcraft and Pacific Rim, place them in their real-world environment, record their actions and create mixed reality movies that can then be shared around social media.

The idea is a cool one, but may be a little pie-in-the-sky at the moment. Still, taken as a tech demo, it might be worth letting yourself get a tiny bit excited about what's on the horizon for HoloLens.

Source: Microsoft

1 comment
Lbrewer42
Why do people keep falling for Microsoft hype? This system was announce what? Over a year ago now and they still don't have it to market? If I had a penny for all the times Microsoft has fallen short of expectations, had their products cause frustration, been years behind cutting edge while touting they are the best, etc., then I would have enough money to own the company and make it what it should have been. I was in dinosaur computing environment for close to 15 years after the Amiga was (from their mistakes) no longer from Commodore going under. I was back and forth over the Apple/Microsofy fence many times waiting for them to catch up with their "cutting edge, but primitive systems. OS X was the first step in the right direction though There are some areas modern platforms still need to catch up on such as actual, not the old "we made it first, but many years after the Amiga ... and not really the same/as good" Microsoft definition, of multitasking.