Date: Monday , September 12, 2016
The gentleman that HardOCP sent to interview Bruce back in 2011, actually now works for Euclideon. To preface this interview with Bruce, here is what John Gatt, now with Euclideon, has to say about these "hologram rooms" that you can now find in Australia:
Five years ago I went to Euclideon’s offices in Queensland to meet with Bruce Dell for an interview on HardOCP. In that visit I saw the nascent stages of the Holoverse technology that is now featured in an impressive entertainment center. Bruce invited me to go and experience it a few weeks ago. It blew my mind. The holograms are there in front of you, walking around you. When you compare it to a HTC Vive experience the biggest difference is the fact that fish are swimming around your hands; it’s your hand that you reach out to touch the lion as it walks past you. They seem to make the holograms not only appear but in some cases seem perfectly solid. The wall, for instance, is extremely dense. You cannot see through it. When you take the first steps to walk through it, it’s a surreal experience. The videos of Holoverse just cannot do it justice. So when Bruce asked me to come on board and help out with community relations I jumped at the opportunity, mainly because it lets me get closer to this technology. I managed VIA Technologies’s community for 10 years so I know what it’s like to fight for the underdog. For me it’s like I’m Fox Mulder and I just got the X-Files or the keys to Area 51! So I’m here this time around as a paid employee of Euclideon and it’s letting me not only help Euclideon but help the fans and skeptics.
We are interviewing Bruce Dell, CEO of the highly controversial company Euclideon. For those of you who don’t know, Euclideon makes the claim that they can give computer graphics unlimited power. Whilst at first many thought it was a hoax, Euclideon did not go away. Each year they came out with a new demo of even more controversial technology (no loading, photo realistic graphics, etc.). You can read our first interview, from five years ago, at this link. This year they have released another video that shows an alternative form of virtual reality that they are calling a hologram room. All this can be seen at the "Holoverse," and we wanted to know a little more about the experience and where exactly Euclideon is heading.
Q1: Bruce, what can you tell us about your hologram rooms?
A: A hologram room makes objects appear all around you that are not real. They look like they’re made of light and are a tiny bit see-through. The real walls appear to vanish, so it looks like you are outside in a wide open space. It’s a bit like the holograms that have been seen in science fiction for the last 30 years.
Q2: How big is a hologram room?
A: 5 metres by 3.5 metres big (15 feet by 10 feet), but size doesn’t matter once you are inside. You wear a special belt that monitors your steps and multiplies them. So if you take one step in the real world it equals 4 steps in the hologram world. This makes the room seem to be about 4 times bigger than it really is
Q3: Where can people try this technology?
A: We just opened the world’s first hologram entertainment centre in Australia, it has 40 hologram rooms. You can play games, go to Africa, jump down holes, or fly through the sky. We are in the process of arranging a lot more of these hologram centres to open around the world.
Q4: How is a hologram room different from VR helmets like Vive or Oculus?
A: In VR we talk about "Levels of Immersion." Immersion means "you are inside it," like being immersed in water. TV is immersion level one, you do not actually feel like you are in the TV show. 3D TV or 3D Movies are immersion level two, they feel a little bit more real, like you are actually there. Immersion level three is VR helmets. They stick out and put TV screens over your eyes, but because you cannot see your own body, your brain doesn’t completely accept the illusion as real.
Hologram rooms are immersion level four. There are no screens over your eyes, only glasses made of glass (like with 3D TV). Instead of you going into a virtual world, the holograms are in the real world floating in the air, and a real world artificial environment has opened all around you. Because you still have your own body you can reach out to touch the holograms, walk through them, or even hug them. It is a very different experience.
Q5: Do people bump into the walls?
A: Invisible walls are one of the problems we face in my line of work, although we are finding better ways to deal with them.