Holo-Stylus MCI

Case Study - Interaction
Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)

29.06.2018, Iris Feuchter

The market is booming when it comes to the development of new head-mounted displays. But with many companies developing different hardware and software approaches, the market has also become very fragmented, especially with regards to methods for interacting with virtual content. Manufacturers offer different Bluetooth keyboards, clickers, or controllers which can be linked only with their own proprietary devices or have their own unique gesture-based controls for interaction. These numerous and diverse approaches do not only cause confusion, they also result in substantial inaccuracy.

Holo-Light's experience in recent years—the result of working with major industrial customers—helped it identify the need for a more consistent and accurate way of interacting. Based on this need, it designed a special tracking method grounded in machine learning which can be implemented in input devices.

Together with hardware experts from the Entrepreneurial School® Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Holo-Light used this tracking technology to develop Holo-Stylus, an input device which can be coupled with any head-mounted display. With the help of a tracking unit which tracks the stylus and can be attached to smart glasses such as Microsoft HoloLens, the system is capable of detecting the movements of the input device down to the millimeter—an unprecedented level of precision in the realm of Augmented and Mixed Reality.

From precise marking, highlighting, and measurement of objects to detailed control of robotic movements through corresponding interfaces, the tracking technology in Holo-Stylus enables the widest existing range of interactions with holograms.

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