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Spatial mapping availability [updated support overview table]
Dear Mixed reality crew,
I am usually developing using Hololens at my company but first I was thrilled at the idea of having an immersive device for a decent price that "might" maybe have spatial mapping. From what I have heard however, the current devices seems to not support this. I can think of a lot of possibilities using a cheap device with spatial mapping even if it is not see-through and I think that could be a game-changer to Microsoft too!
Just to name a few uses:
- Creating the spatial map by itself and a possibility to save it is worthy for a lot of people anyways.
- If there is a spatial map, one can create virtual approximating environments of walls and surroundings. For example you can kind of recreate a version of Robo-Raid where you first scan your room and then a game would create textured sci-fi walls of a spaceship around you according to your scans or something like that.
- For long range tracking - that is tracking beyond some meters where errors get too big - could be solved by accessing some kind of depth information.
I see that some people also wish to overlay virtual content of stereo camera view (which seems not possible neither), but I think the real key is not this, but the spatial mapping first. Having many immersive MR headsets also complicate this question even further.
I advise that we have a forum topic here where someone says in a table what each headset is capable of in this sense and whatnot. When things are not clear I am never buying devices on my own.
My current understanding is this (X: None, OK: Have, ?: no idea, please explain):
see_through spatial_map(C++) spatial_map(Unity) gestures head_tracking Hololens OK OK OK OK OK Acer X ? X X OK HP X ? ? X OK Lenovo ? ? ? ? OK Asus ? ? ? ? OK
If Microsoft people do not want to help us, at least we can update this forum by ourselves and share information in one place, but I hope they tell us and update us properly in this.