Expect to see more mixed reality applications in the future, at least for Oculus Quest 2. WinFuture notes which Oculus has discovered a set of tools, the Passthrough API Experimental, that will allow for relatively easy “seamless” connection of VR with a real view of Quest 2’s cameras.
You can project images onto flat surfaces, create complex layers floating in space, and even apply visual styles (similar to social media filters) to real scenes. For example, you could give yourself a virtual monitor to use with your actual keyboard or turn your home into a psychedelic dream by pressing a virtual switch.
Privacy should not be an issue, Oculus argued. The API only processes raw camera footage on the device, and apps cannot access, store, or view images of the world around you. A bad app shouldn’t upload videos to your home, in other words.
Oculus expects to deliver the frame to him Unique engine developers with their next release of software development kits. It will take a while for ready-made apps to surface, but don’t be surprised if mixed-reality games and productivity tools become relatively common as a result of Oculus ’new tools.
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