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article imageVancouver startup creates interactive holographic room for RMH BC

By Eleanor Wall     Dec 10, 2014 in Technology
Holograms in your living room. Interactive imaginary play pals in your child’s bedroom.
Those are just some of the futuristic concepts that will soon become a reality if Vancouver, BC startup H+Technology has their way.
H+Technology recently teamed up with Ronald McDonald House BC (RMHBC) to create an immersive, interactive Magic Room, where sick children can temporarily forget their illnesses. H+Technology creates gesture-controlled 3D interactive projections, making them an excellent partner for RMHBC CEO Richard Pass’ Magic Room dream-team. H+Technology was able to create a fully immersive Enchanted Forest room where sick children and their families can interact with a 3D holographic Woody the Beaver. Combining a 3D holographic character with a 2D wall-projected environment, children are able to become part of their own interactive story that changes depending upon gesture-controlled interactions with Woody. Having completed the initial Magic Room phase in just two months, the H+ team is now working on a second phase that will include motion sensors and a brand new room theme. The hope is to one day bring the Magic Room concept to Ronald McDonald Houses around the globe.
Interactive graphics come naturally to the H+Technology team. Co-founder/CEO Vincent Yang is a graduate (Masters) from Vancouver’s prestigious Centre for Digital Media. Having already worked with a number of technology startups, Yang teamed up with fellow CDM grads (Masters) Co-founder/CTO Dhruv Adhia and Co-founder/CFO Yamin Li to form H+Technology. With Adhia’s background in digital holography and human-computer interaction (HCI) at the University of British Columbia and Li’s experience as a documentary editor (Kekexili), the team is well-poised to make interactive holograms an attainable reality.
H+Technology plans to bring holographic technology to mainstream users by launching their flagship product ‘Magic Box’ next year. With a crowdfunding campaign planned for March 2015, CEO Yang’s vision of “our goal is to humanize technology” will turn science-fiction fantasy into reality when Magic Box’s become available to everyday users. The ability to control multi-dimensional holographic displays via gesture, voice, and interactive controllers definitely makes the concept of ‘living in the future’ hit home.
For more information on what could potentially be Vancouver’s next big breakout startup, check out H+Technology for yourself. Their collaboration with Ronald McDonald House BC is only the first of many intriguing partnerships you’re likely to see from this innovative Canadian startup.
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