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Mixed-Reality Solution: How? And How Awesome!


The other day, I was assigned on a task to design a mixed-reality solution for the first time for a reputable client in the Gulf region. It was the first time a client requests such a solution.

Going through different solutions, I settled for the one by Digital Projection, and used it as the basis for design. In my opinion, I think they provide the best solution in the market so far, with the ability for 3 users to use the solution, while others provide only 2. 

Mixed-reality = 3D multi-view projection. Source: Digital Projection

Looks really cool right? Well, hell yeah! But not the underlying technology behind it and how it works.

Let's get a bit technical. 

Concept design

Digital Projection went a bit further this time and took into consideration the bulky requirements for such a technology to operate and made amendments to make the bulky equipment hosted in a the Telecom Room while you only have the projector lens in the room in where the users have fun with 3D projected objects. 

With their design, we were able to do the following:

1- Host the media servers & the light source in the Telecom Room since they require a lot of electricity and their weight requires additional hosting requieements.

2- Have the projection table/screen and lens in the AV Projection Room.

The interconnectivity of devices is tricky, not only were the projector lens, light source and media servers connected to each other in a loop, but you also need additional 2 devices: the Sync Emitter, which syncs the 3D projection on the 3D glasses, and the IR Locator which constantly sends location instances to the media server to project the right content at the right location and angle. You also have to take into consideration that multiple connectivities are required and each connection needs a different cable; for example, the media server connection to projector lens needs HDMI cables, while the Sync Emitter connection to the light source and media server requires BNC cables, and the IR Locator connection to the media server requires Ethernet RJ45 cables. 

The technology is amazing, the future will hold amazing advancements when it comes to its usage and capabilities. We shall wait and see.