I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Arvizio, a company focused on the delivery of an advanced software platform for enterprise class Mixed Reality (MR). We are beginning an exciting journey at Arvizio, one that promises to revolutionize the way we interact with the world around us.
With the heightened interest in virtual, augmented and mixed reality, a number of headset devices have been introduced, including Microsoft’s HoloLens and the soon to be announced Windows Holographic headsets which we believe provides a compelling platform for mixed reality experiences. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Microsoft HoloLens device is demonstrating the capabilities of the platform to friends and family members for the first time. Most are amazed by the possibilities and a conversation usually ensues regarding the various aspects of life that could be revolutionized by the technology. This of course is true, but there are also many technical hurdles to overcome in order to fully harness mixed reality’s true potential.
Mixed reality is the most recently introduced form of artificial reality and as such there is often some confusion in the minds of customers, in broad terms the industry definitions are as follows:
Virtual Reality (VR)
VR is computer-generated simulation of a 3D environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way. VR focuses on immersion.
Augmented Reality (AR)
AR is a “Heads-Up-Display” (HUD) of typically 2D information (text, icons, graphics) overlaid on the world around you. AR focuses on the display of information.
Mixed Reality (MR)
MR places 2D & 3D virtual objects in positional space around you; for example, you can walk up to a virtual object and interact with it. MR focuses on merging real and virtual worlds.
As part of our product development activity, the Arvizio team has focused on the challenges of incorporating multi-user collaboration, live video communications and the handling of large, complex 3D models into a comprehensive mixed reality experience.
Collaboration can take many forms, but in terms of mixed reality, perhaps the most fundamental requirement is the ability to share the view of rendered holograms with team members. Arvizio is developing tools that allow multiple users to share the view of complex 3D models much as if the model were truly there in the room. In addition, we intend to take the concept of mixed reality collaboration a stage further by allowing remote users to share in the collaborative experience bringing mixed reality collaboration to a new level.
An additional aspect of the Arvizio mixed reality experience is the sharing of live video streams. Arvizio leverages the latest advances in IP video technology to provide bandwidth efficient video calling, similar in concept to Skype, but in a private, secure and fully integrated environment. This allows subject matter experts to observe live video and mixed reality content remotely and participate in the interaction. Not only is this of significant interest to the medical field where confidentiality is critical, but also in many areas of engineering, science and business where the secure sharing of knowledge is essential to protect proprietary information.
There are a number of innovations we will be announcing in the coming months. We are truly excited about the journey we have embarked upon and look forward to sharing our experience as we develop advanced mixed reality solutions.