Augmented Reality Portals: How fantasy is coming to 3D technology

Kristin Wakeland
Producer
May 15, 2020

About 2 weeks ago, I wrote about how technology is continuing to make science fiction a daily reality. And yes, I am a total nerd who enjoys sci fi content like Ender’s Game, Dune, and Star Trek, but I am first and foremost a fantasy fan.

Then I learned about augmented reality portals when our team began work on our hoxel interactive art exhibit for SXSW 2020.  These portals allow AR headset users to literally walk through a gateway to another world.  My inner 12 year old couldn’t stop screaming.  See, I grew up on Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter.  The idea of a magical world hidden in plain sight was always exciting to me.  And now with AR, and we can experience that feeling of being completely transported to a different land.


You might ask  how this is different from immersive VR video games like Skyrim or Subnautica.  For me, it’s just a specific feeling.  With the video games, as amazing as they are, you still “load in”.  But with these portals, it is just like walking through a wardrobe in a english countryside cottage and emerging in a snow covered forest.


No matter what, it shows that it is our passions that drive us to create and explore.  To go further than ever before.  So whether you are a Sci Fi fan or a fantasy buff, the technology exists for you to explore those things that made you smile when you were a 12 year old child.

As the world begins to slowly open it's doors again, we look foward to sharing our hoxel world with you. Follow us on social media @ScandyCo to stay up to date on announcements and developments.


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