Mixed Mode  MR

A multi-user, multi-platform, mixed reality platform designed and implemented by my team at DLab, to explore various use cases, interactions and prototype experiences.

Date

2016

Client

AT&T

Services

Technical Lead
AR/VR/MR Design
Animation
3D Modeling & Texturing
Unity Asset Prep

Tools

Maya
Modo
Unity 3D

Built in Unity, I believe we were the first to integrate the Google Tango AR device, Vive VR system and PC into a single realtime mixed reality sandbox environment where user avatars could interact and explore a set of experiences.

Avatars that looked like old TV’s with wings and robotic grabbers allowed each user to see what the others were looking at, moving or drawing. Users could launch the different experiences by placing color and icon coded blocks onto a pedestal. An annotation tool, which as essentially a 3d drawing brush, allowed users to communicate visually to each other, along with VOIP so they could speak to each other.

The platform was demoed at the 2016 AT&T SHAPE Conference, and open to the public. Users could experience the demo as VR, AR or keyboard and screen and see how different experiences worked in each. A spectator camera was placed in the environment, and its view was projected onto a large screen for attendees to see how the users were interacting. Annotations were persistent between users, so new users could see what others had drawn, and we would reset them now and again to keep the environment from getting too cluttered.

We included a wide mix of experiences — this was a platform to show the potential for these technologies, so we wanted to go wider than just our usual entertainment focus. A list of some of the experiences:

  • Full Color 3D Scan – tyrannosaurus skull
  • Full Color 3D Scan – ancient Egyptian bird sculpture
  • Animated 3D model of a car engine
  • Fully immersive rooftop theater
  • Life-size 3D model of a bear
  • Life-size 3D capture of an actor in a spacesuit from our Agoraphobia project
  • Moviesphere – a sphere that would play 360 video on its surface, like a Pufferfish display, showing our BKB VR project
  • Animated geared 3D sculpture