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Oculus' John Carmack endorses Otoy's VR light field rendering tech

Oculus John Carmack endorses Otoy s VR light field rendering tech GamesBeat Games by Dean Takahashi


Oculus VR tech guru John Carmack gave a favorable assessment of the “holographic video” and “light field” work being produced by cloud graphics firm Otoy for virtual reality.

Otoy recently teamed up with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to use the holographic light field rendering technology. The technology enables someone with virtual-reality goggles to go inside an animated version of Batman’s Batcave and explore it from every angle with very high quality and no stalls in the experience because of problems loading data into memory. That’s pretty hard to do, according to Los Angeles-based Otoy.

Carmack said he was a fan of the Otoy technology and that the images associated with it are among the “best I’ve ever seen.”

Otoy showed off its holographic video in a demo at a Stanford University workshop on light field imaging. The team that put toegether the Batcave demo attempted to recreate the look and feel of an older Batman animated series in great detail.

Otoy said the VR experience is the first demonstration of light fields being used to render large, navigable volumetric spaces, with the Batcave featuring a million cubic meters of space to explore.

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