We are working on some exciting new augmented reality apps for Microsoft’s Hololens and can’t wait to show you! We’ve had our Hololens long enough to get deep down and dirty with augmented reality and the hardest part has been choosing which app to write.
AR in sports is a sure thing to come. We’ve been working with a few select people to develop an interactive scoring and training system utilizing mixed reality and augmented reality. A target is display to the bowler on screen so the bowler can be guided on a virtual path while performing a perfected swing arc path. This will ensure consistency and muscle memory training. We’re also developing a technique to track the ball down the lane using the hardware onboard these devices. The prototypes are still rough but the potential is great.
We will continuously explore alternative hardware in the augmented reality realm as well as mixed reality. Mixed reality headsets have come down in price drastically this year which opens up the door to a much larger audience. Currently, the majority of AR headsets are selling for around $3000-$5000 and lack a large enough field of view for a truly immersive AR experience. Mixed reality headsets (uses a camera and screen rather than a clear lens) offer a much higher field of view although we still feel they aren’t as “magical” as a true AR experience. If you haven’t had a chance to try out a Microsoft Holoens or another true AR device, do it! You’ll be blown away and understand why we feel the future is definitely in augmented reality.
Augmented reality is here whether we choose to accept it or not. What type of things would you like to see come to fruition in this field? Can you see augmented reality helping your bowling game?
More details soon!