There are many different features which enhance the user experience of HoloMeeting. From collaboration to design aids, the application has a range of potential use cases. Here we explore one of the main features of HoloMeeting, see how it can be used and how to get the most out of the feature itself.
The Live Stream or Live View feature is intended to provide users support across a range of circumstances including remote assistance and training.
Live Feed Integration
While HoloMeeting has been designed be used collaboratively via the HoloLens, it is acknowledged that there are occasions where colleagues may not have direct access to a HoloLens. Similarly there may be situations where it may be required to share your viewpoint with a remote colleage. Instances where HoloLens remote assistance is required benefit greatly in this respect.
Live feed integration for HoloMeeting therefore gives users the ability to share their Hololenses' point of view which can be used in a variety of contexts as the user sees fit. As with other HoloMeeting features, this has been designed to work smoothly and effectively with a zero learning curve.
Setting up a HoloMeeting Live Feed
After clicking the 'Live Feed' button at HoloMeeting's main menu a screen pops up showing the participant's environment. As most of the other features, the screen is dragged into the shared space in order for other members to see it. Participants have the option to adjust the live video's resolution: the buttons 'Low', 'Med' and 'Max' on the top left above the screen let the user modify the quality depending on the user's internet bandwidth.
This enables the feature to be used in a variety of real-world scenarios such as remotey, on-site or in the field. This level of flexibility maintains HoloMeetings real advantage as a communication and collaboration tool for a range of industry types and commercial uses.
An image button (top right) allows users to take screenshots of as pictured on live feed. As soon as a screenshot is made it pops up near the live feed screen. With the aid of the Freehand Draw Feature participants are also able to write or draw on the screenshots.
This is useful both for on the go annotations as well as preserving clear records of situations such as within HoloLens remote repair situations, product demonstrations etc.
A further feature of the live feed is the introduction of a remote inking aspect. This feature allows a user to 'reach' into the viewpoint of the user who is sharing their live feed and point to areas within their actual space. This brings the Mixed Reality world much closer to the real one, giving several options to companies who wish to try HoloLens for remote assistance.
If required, a user's fields of view can also be shared in 'recording mode' which means that in addition the user's field of view the full HoloMeeting scope (including any shared files and the holographic avatars of other participants) will be visible for others. Full teams can therefore be involved in multiple different ways and scenarios according to each situation's needs.
The Live View feature not only allows for businesses to move their meetings and discussions 'off site' as it were but it also reduces potential misconceptions and misunderstandings as a picture is worth a thousand words as they say.
We look forward to further tests on the feature with clients in the field and to explore multiple ways in which enterprise clients can use it as part of the full HoloMeeting application.