Credit by Yashwanth M
This week the 23rd MCU movie "Spider-Man: Far from Home" directed by Jon Watts hit the theaters and is raking in massive numbers at the box office.
**Warning: Potential spoilers **
The movie got a lot of positive feedback from the critics and audience alike. Marvel did it again with its spectacular use of AR, MR this time. This installment of our favorite wall calling superhero flick had more to do with AR and especially a glasses that look like Vuzix Blade.
These glasses become a pivotal part of the movie. Also, we get to see Volumetric video capture put to a really good use albeit, on a massive scale but with a technology they call it B.A.R.F (Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing).
"Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F. – God, I gotta work on that acronym. An extremely costly method of hijacking the hippocampus... to clear traumatic memories." ―Tony Stark
(from Captain America: Civil War)
The entire volumetric video is captured in a studio set up, edited and then projected at different places with the help of drones and various parts of a certain person's costume. I was totally blown away and was screaming in the theater.
After Intel's pioneering volumetric studio in LA and Microsoft's Kinect for Azure coming into the market now, I see this as a totally plausible thing in the coming years as we've already seen Holoportation ages ago thanks to Microsoft's Kinect V2 and HoloLens. I believe we just need some more advancement on the hardware part in terms of projecting holograms that can be seen without an HMD something like this hologram projector and HoLolamp.
It is truly marvelous to see the traction our XR industry has gained in just the last couple of years. As the popular XR influencer Alan Smithson of MetaVRse stated more and more organizations are realizing the business potential XR brings to the table and are investing in huge amounts. Entertainment is a huge sector in that and primarily the way the entire storytelling changes with this magical technology is something to be amazed at.
It is true that today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality.
Here are some of the Volumetric video and Hologram projector sources that you should definitely check out: