OTOY is a believer in Light Field technology from camera to VR headset. With similar ambitions but less money than Google/Magic Leap, the other Light Field pioneer, the small company is working in the Facebook/Oculus environment where they devised a sophisticated compression algorithm and a matching rendering tool. The proof of concept culminates in a transmission rate as low as 1.5 Mbs for a single actor lightfield, meaning video is easily streamable to a smartphone.
OTOY announced that their light field streaming technology will come to Gear VR in the next ORBX free VR Media Player app update. Demo here under.
VR Video Shot in Light Field Format
What is a Light Field?
Holographic video, or holographic light field rendering as it’s technically known, produces stunningly realistic images that can be viewed from any vantage point. Because of its computational complexity, commercial holographic video and VFX have not been commercially viable until OTOY’s light field GPU technology made it tractable through OTOY’s OctaneRender software. OctaneRender can predetermine all the necessary lighting information for a given light field and retrieve it in real-time on consumer VR devices powered by mobile GPUs. Given the viewer’s position/orientation, ORBX holographic video can turn a normal display screen into a virtual window, projecting the proper light path from a curved or VR display directly into the viewer’s eyes. Visit Otoy for more about light field.
Visible on the View-Master VR Viewer
OTOY Inc. and Mattel today announced last month a partnership that will bring original episodic content, powered by OTOY’s cinematic rendering technology, to be used with the View-Master® VR Viewer. Launching in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content, DC’s iconic Super Hero Batman will be paired up with View-Master’s rich 75-year legacy and OTOY’s groundbreaking holographic rendering ecosystem, bringing unprecedented fidelity to the evolving language of narrative virtual reality storytelling via an experience base on Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Animated Series.
The ORBX Renderer
ORBX Media Player displays photorealistic virtual reality scenes and experiences created with OTOY’s rendering and light field technology. The application can be used to view media published by OTOY’s community of over 100,000 artists, as well as commercial ORBX cinematic content from studio partners such as Warner Bros. Visit the ORBX page on Oculus.com.