Last year, VRFocus reported on the formation of a new developer that would be working exclusively with mixed reality (MR) technology such as Microsoft’s HoloLens head-mounted display (HMD). Named Object Theory, the studio confirmed that it was already working on some projects for the device, though couldn’t reveal any details about these at that point in time. This week, however, Object Theory has announced a ‘Mixed Reality Collaboration’ service, which is on display at Microsoft’s 2016 Build developer conference in San Francisco, California.
Developed for CDM Smith, the service aims to help companies build multi-user holographic experiences. Using life sized 3D avatars, people can share 3D experiences. The software was selected by Microsoft to be a part of the HoloLens Readiness Program, and Object Theory will even be contributing certain portions of the service to Microsoft’s open source kit for HoloLens, titled HoloToolKit.
HoloLens itself started to ship to developers that have pre-ordered the device this week. The kit is first going out to those in the US and Canada, with other territories still in the dark about when they’ll be able to get a unit. The developer edition of the kit costs some $3,000 USD, though a consumer release date and price is still yet to be revealed.
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