Varjo adds real-time chroma keying and marker tracking to XR-1

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The new features will allow Varjo customers to integrate the virtual and real, interact with photorealistic virtual content as they would in real life, and achieve accuracy and occlusion inside MR

Quick read

➨ Varjo said it’s the first company to deliver chroma keying in real-time for MR devices
➨ With marker tracking, professional users can instantly anchor any virtual objects to the real world using printable visual markers
➨ Both features are available in early access to all users of the XR-1 Developer Edition headset

The story

Varjo has introduced real-time chroma keying and marker tracking as early access features for its XR-1 Developer Edition headset.

Varjo said it’s the first company to deliver chroma keying—an industry-standard technique known as ‘green-screening’ and used in broadcasting and film—in real-time for MR devices. 

With marker tracking, professional users can instantly anchor any virtual objects to the real world using printable visual markers.

Together, these two features will allow Varjo’s enterprise customers to integrate the virtual and real, interact with photorealistic virtual content as they would in real life, and achieve accuracy and occlusion inside MR.

Varjo released the developer edition of its XR-1 MR headset late last year, and followed up with a 2D/3D immersive user interface for enterprise users to seamlessly switch between real, VR and MR modes.

Urho Konttori, chief product officer and co-founder of Varjo, explained the progress made in feature development since the XR-1’s initial release: “Since its commercial launch in December 2019, Varjo’s XR-1 Developer Edition has quickly become the most demanded mixed reality product for professional users, transforming the way companies train, design and conduct research in immersive environments.”

“When our customers asked us to create a seamless solution for blending the real and virtual worlds, we immediately jumped to the challenge. We’re excited to introduce real-time chroma keying and object tracking to our customers just three months after the first deliveries of the XR-1, enabling absolute immersion inside mixed reality.”

The Finnish enterprise headset maker is particularly excited about the potential of chroma keying, which it said is beneficial for professional workflows where aligning virtual content accurately with the physical world is crucial.

Users can easily define parts of reality, identify them with colour and replace them with virtual models or scenery without heavy development costs. Virtual content also occludes with real-world objects or hands, allowing intuitive interactions.

Object tracking with visual markers can help professionals make virtual objects appear exactly where they want them in their surroundings.

Example use cases for the new features include training and simulation, product design and research.

Both chroma keying and marker tracking are available in early access to all users of the XR-1 Developer Edition headset.

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