We’ve just finished a manuscript summarising our early work with the Hololens, including data visualization and interdisciplinary work. This is a little different in flavour to our usual work, but will provide a solid foundation for more advanced work with the Hololens, including lab uses and more advanced data visualization.
Paul Hockett & Tim Ingleby
Early hands-on experiences with the Microsoft Hololens augmented/mixed reality device are reported and discussed, with a general aim of exploring basic 3D visualization. A range of usage cases are tested, including data visualization and immersive data spaces, in-situ visualization of 3D models and full scale architectural form visualization. Ultimately, the Hololens is found to provide a remarkable tool for moving from traditional visualization of 3D objects on a 2D screen, to fully experiential 3D visualizations embedded in the real world.
The manuscript is currently available on Authorea, and the arxiv.
The hololens (microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/) is here! Welcome to week 3* of the future, with augmented/mixed reality.
This week, some large scale basic 3D visualization as we begin to explore the power of the Hololens…
* Original video, July 2016; not uploaded until Sept. 2016 due to embargo on the cabin design.
A full manuscript on this work is now available.
The hololens is here! Welcome to week 4 of the future, with augmented/mixed reality.
This week, a bit of basic use in the laser lab, using Hololens for a remote desktop feed and rapid reference data snapshots. These are the first steps towards a more sophisticated and interactive use in the lab, which could bring together data from multiple discrete instruments around the lab, and present them to the user in either a spatially fixed form (as in the video), or a HUD which tracks and is always visible as the user moves around.
Some additional notes & links:
The hololens is here! Welcome to week 2 of the future, with augmented/mixed reality.
This week, a bit of basic 3D data visualization as we begin to explore the power of the Hololens…
Some additional notes:
- More details of the data shown in part (1) can be found in Time-resolved imaging of purely valence-electron dynamics during a chemical reaction, P. Hockett, C. Z. Bisgaard, O. J. Clarkin, A. Stolow, Nature Physics 7, 612-615 (2011)
(See, in particular, the Supplementary Material)
- More details of the data shown in part (2) can be found in Maximum Information Photoelectron Metrology, Hockett, P., Lux, C., Wollenhaupt, M. & Baumert, T., Phys. Rev. A, 92, 013412 (2015) – also available on the arXiv.
- Figure2xhtml for converting Matlab figures to 3D xml can be found here.
- 3D data for part (1) and part (2), in .fbx format.
The hololens is here! Welcome to week 1 of the future, with augmented/mixed reality. Ultimately there are going to be some amazing scientific uses for this new tool – e.g. basic HUD in the lab, multi-dimensional data visualization, 3D design with real-world interaction and interactive collaboration etc. etc. – but first, we need to learn the tool, understand it, and develop methods.
Here’s a very brief demo of the spatial mapping capabilities of the Hololens (development edition), in a relatively cluttered environment, visualized using the LSrD application. It’s impressive, and was even better in real life!