3D Interactive Tech Talk – AR/VR for ‘Holo-porting’, Woodworking

Welcome to our recurring post, 3D Interactive Tech Talk, highlighting how interactive technology is being used right now and where it’s headed.

AR Takes Holoporting from Sci-Fi to Reality

Princess Leia’s holographic message to Obi Wan Kenobi in 1977’s iconic Star Wars is on the verge of becoming reality, thanks to new “holoport” technology from Microsoft. 3D motion capture cameras snap a subject from all angles, making it possible to create a real-time projection of it anywhere in the world, viewed through Microsoft’s HoloLens. This technology will create opportunities for interactions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible without travel. It may also change the way we capture memories, as the HoloLens simultaneously records interactions and can play them back, giving the user a feeling of going back in time and reliving the moment.

VR Enters the Woodworking World

Two new VR systems, Wood-Ed Table and Wood-Ed Factory, have been released in North America, and offer major cost savings and safety benefits to woodworkers. Wood-Ed Table is a training system able to simulate four different types of woodworking machines, while immersing the user into a fully realistic experience, complete with replicated feelings of resistance, vibration, and motion.
Wood-Ed Factory simulates sawmill operations and allows the user to perform tasks and receive real-time feedback. Both of these training systems provide realistic, safe woodworking training options, with the added benefit of no dusty clean-up, or wasted materials.

And check out our interactive training applications to see some of the many ways businesses are benefiting from this technology.

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