On June 19th- 20th Chris and I had the pleasure of poring over the ins and out of Hololens technology at the Microsoft HoloHack-NYC.
We wanted to make a project that took advantage of as many features of the HoloLens as possible. However, the most interesting one for us was the spatial mapping.
In Augmented Reality you want people to explore the space around them and have the application change based on their location. We decided to build a fire fighter simulator.
We used the spatial processing to discover all the flat surfaces in the area you are in and virtually set them on fire. Each of those fires also had spatial audio on them to help you find them in the space.
Voice commands were used for activating the fire hose based on the keyword "fire" -- which is where the name comes from. The user ends up walking around the space, screaming the word fire over and over to put out the fires around them. For those people that were too shy to scream fire, they could also air tap on the fires to put them out, taking advantage of the gesture recognition.
Here is a sample video capture of the application:
Those of you who would like to play around with the application can go to our GitHub site.
At the end of the hackathon we had a fun time demoing the App for a bunch of students from Riverdale.