Varjo engineers have posted footage of the development of its XR-1 headset’s mixed reality capability, as it looks to realistically blend the real and virtual together.
Using the lighting in the frame, Varjo’s tech is able to create real shadow and reflection on the virtual object – in this case a sphere – as a real object would display.
Varjo chief design officer Roope Rainisto posted the footage on social media, commenting: “Petteri from Varjo testing the latest real time lighting capabilities with his little magic trick test scene.
“Slowly getting there… Most mixed reality when viewed through the headset doesn’t really look like what it does in the marketing videos.
“With optical see-through devices it’s always a hologram or a projection on top of the real world, appearing slightly hazy and out of place.”
Even for development footage it’s impressive stuff, and hints at the further abilities of Varjo’s technology.
Late last year, the company added two new ‘industrial-grade’ VR headsets to its product range.
The ‘human eye-resolution’ VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro feature integrated eye tracking and better software compatibility that now includes support for SteamVR and OpenVR.
The VR-2 Pro also added advanced integrated hand tracking by Ultraleap (formerly Leap Motion) to support more intuitive interactions with high-fidelity VR content.