Varjo unveils new ‘Teleport’ service for 3D reality capture

Varjo, a provider of industrial-grade extended reality (XR) solutions, has this week unveiled Teleport, a new service designed to quickly generate photorealistic 3D capture scans of real-world environments directly from an iPhone and allow users to view these scenes from a variety of devices, including PCs, virtual reality (VR) headsets, and more.

Varjo claimed that, up until this point, the extent of XR experiences has been constrained by the quantity of 3D content that could be produced. This procedure demanded expertise in real-time 3D graphics or photogrammetry, along with a substantial time commitment to generate assets and construct a scene.

According to the company, Teleport by Varjo allows anyone to easily create a detailed 3D model of their surroundings, even without prior knowledge or skills. They also mentioned that transforming a room or outdoor location into a virtual reality experience is as simple as scanning it with a smartphone.

Teleport reconstructs the real-world scene with accurate lighting, shading, textures and reflections using advancements in 3D gaussian splatting and machine learning technologies. The resulting 3D reality capture can be viewed and experienced with a range of devices, starting with Varjo headsets, other PC-connected OpenXR headsets, or Windows desktops.

Patrick Wyatt, the Chief Product Officer at Varjo, announced that Varjo is pushing the boundaries between real and virtual worlds by introducing a groundbreaking solution called Teleport. This solution allows for the high-resolution scanning of real places and seamless transformation into virtual reality, which brings immersive experiences closer to reality and makes them more accessible and cost-effective.

Varjo expressed their anticipation for the capacity of this reality reconstruction technology to enhance various immersive applications in sectors including training, mission planning, and remote assistance. This technology facilitates the creation of precise digital replicas of real-world environments, thereby supporting the development of more efficient training scenarios and planning tools. It allows users to virtually explore and engage with remote locations in a highly detailed manner.

Hannu Järvensivu, the XR Stage Project Manager at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, expressed excitement about using Teleport in their operations. He believes that Teleport, along with their XR Stage modeling tool, can greatly enhance the assessment of new rental productions. With the digital replicas of actual sets available on the virtual stage, they can examine them in their original size and form. This eliminates the need to rely solely on photos and CAD images to determine how they will look and fit on the actual stage.

Varjo’s virtual and mixed reality hardware and software are currently used by over a quarter of Fortune 100 companies to enhance astronaut and pilot training programs, expedite automotive production, and advance medical research. With its new Teleport technology, Varjo is expanding its service offering to provide its tools for moving workflows from the physical world to virtual environments.

Users interested in trying out the technology can join the waitlist the company announced that the service is anticipated to be widely accessible in 2024. Varjo will showcase Teleport for the first time at Augmented World Expo (AWE) USA 2024 in Long Beach, California, from June 18-20.

For more information on Varjo and its XR solutions, please visit the company’s website.

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