8. December 2016
Hologram Actors Finally Get a Pulse
New virtual reality application lets audience feel and interact with hologram videos
"It's alive!" shouts Anton Bailey, while clutching virtual reality controllers that enable him to feel a hologram actress. Softly holding his hand next to the actress' bare skin, Bailey can even sense her heart beat, conveyed by the controller's subtle vibration. Poking the holograms results in a stronger feedback, as one would expect.
Tech startup PrimaVR's virtual reality software is the first in the world to provide haptic feedback to hologram videos. Bailey, a spokesperson for PrimaVR, applauds the achievement, "This is groundbreaking development in immersive entertainment. Sense of touch is the final frontier of virtual reality, and we have taken the initial steps to deliver tactile sensations via hologram video recordings."
Previously virtual reality videos have been strictly passive experiences, where one can only observe events with their eyes and ears. Thanks to PrimaVR's software development efforts, you can now enter inside a hologram video that is made tangible with consumer-grade virtual reality controllers. It is easy to envision how such tactile holograms could be used in medical training and diagnostics, telepresence, and art.
PrimaVR's holograms also react to the user's touch, which is another world first in hologram video technology; pushing one's hand against the body of the actress displaces the virtual soft tissue, while a gentle slap results in a visually pleasant jiggle. "We have combined these novel hologram features with traditional video controls. You can fast forward and rewind as you please, or pause the video and still keep interacting with the holograms," describes Bailey.
The technology still has its limitations. Complex interactions like shaking hands with the hologram video actors are not yet possible. The tactile properties of different hologram objects are not distinguished in the PrimaVR's demo, and for now everything feels the same, regardless of the material. Bailey says that his team is already working on improvements: "We will keep pushing this technology forward, simply because hologram videos have such great potential."
PrimaVR is a small startup focused on advancing virtual reality entertainment. They were the first to release a hologram sex video in March 2015. In December 2015 PrimaVR's hologram video player was updated to allow users to participate in hologram videos with their own bodies.
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Press Release: Anyone can be a Pornstar in Hologram Sex Videos
New virtual reality application allows viewers to insert their body into a sex video.
Have you ever have fantasized about acting in a porn movie, but haven't had the opportunity? With virtual reality technology it is now possible to become a pornstar in the privacy of your own home and without the fear of STDs. Tech startup PrimaVR has released the world's first sex hologram video where the viewer can participate with their own body. Their PrimaPlayer application displays hologram videos through Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The wearer of the headset can see their hands and body alongside the hologram through the use of a Leap Motion stereo camera.
"We knew that being able to see your own body in the virtual world was important, but we didn't realize how much it adds to the immersion until we tried it," says PrimaVR spokesperson Anton Bailey. Bailey shows how he can act together with the hologram actress, touching her, and reacting to her movement. "You can come up with your own narrative and choose how you behave with the hologram actors. This allows people to fulfill their most intimate fantasies safely with holograms."
PrimaVR's aspiration for enabling fantasies is reflected in an interesting feature: viewers can roleplay different ethnicities by changing their skin color in the virtual world. Currently the skin tone can be switched between ebony, light pink, and beige. This is just one example of the unprecedented possibilities that virtual reality technology allows for adult entertainment. The industry has taken notice, and well-established porn companies like Kink, Marc Dorcel, and Naughty America have jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon.
The unique aspect of PrimaPlayer is that it can incorporate any body part into the hologram video. After all, how can you become a virtual pornstar without your private parts in the virtual world? In a very candid demonstration video the lower body of a male user can be seen interacting with a female hologram. "We wanted our users to be able to see their own body instead of generic 3D avatars. It looks a lot more realistic and is more relatable," says Bailey.
In the current PrimaVR demo the holograms do not react to the viewer's presence. Bailey states that hologram video is a relatively new discipline with many opportunities: "It's very technology intensive, and the image quality still needs to improve. I expect that in the future we have fully interactive holograms that respond to our touch and vocal expressions." Perhaps one day the adult video viewers can deliver cheesy lines and the holograms will reply with their own.
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PrimaVR is a small startup focused on advancing virtual reality entertainment.