HoloLens tutorial at ECCV 2018

This article describes the conference session HoloLens as a tool for computer vision research, held September 8, 2018 at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2018.

Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first self-contained, holographic computer, but it’s also a potent computer vision research device. Application code can access audio and video streams and surface meshes, all in a world coordinate space maintained by HoloLens’ highly accurate head-tracking. This tutorial session featured the new HoloLens Research Mode capability.

The tutorial showed how to access the raw head-tracking and depth sensor data streams, and use the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of each stream. The session also demonstrated recent advances in time-of-flight depth-sensing technologies in the Kinect for Azure project.

Session attendees got a good sense of how to use HoloLens for a range of computer vision research tasks. Attendees received materials to help them quickly get started using HoloLens.

The following image shows a sample HoloLens application that displays any of the six Research Mode streams in real time.

Photograph of a sample application for viewing Research Mode sensor streams.

Session organizers

  • Marc Pollefeys
  • Shivkumar Swaminathan
  • Johannes Schoenberger
  • Andrew Fitzgibbon

Session schedule

  • 0900 – Introduction
  • 0930 – HoloLens Research Mode
  • 1030 – Coffee break
  • 1100 – Applications & Demos
  • 1130 – Kinect for Azure Depth Sensor
  • 1200 – Q & A
  • 1230 – End

For more information and conference proceedings, see ECCV 2018.