Augmented reality (AR) is an enhanced version of the real physical world that is achieved through the use of digital visual elements, sound, or other sensory stimuli delivered via technology. It is a growing trend among companies involved in mobile computing and business applications in particular. At SALT 2020 Conference our team had the privilege of using this technology to enhance the virtual conference.
We had the opportunity to hang with Nick Rivero, owner of Meptik in Atlanta, and find out how his team were able to achieve the different Augmented Reality sets used at SALT 2020 Conference.
“So what’s going on around me is a green screen virtual environment. The green screen is a 30 foot wide by 15 foot tall ad 15 foot deep screen made of basic green fabric. The green is used so that we can tell the computer to remove, or key out the green. From there, we replace that with virtual environment.
The virtual environments are all created in a 3D environment, in a 3d system. The 3D system is a called Unreal Engine and Unreal is what video games are made of you. You may have heard of this tech before, it’s the same stuff that they use on the show, The Mandalorian. So you can create a really compelling environment. Anything you really want from outdoor stations to indoor spaces, to houses, to nature. Anything you want can be created in this. And that’s what we put in here. We subtract the green and substitute it with this virtual world. And that virtual world is, is living it’s alive. It’s a real thing, just like a video game per se. So we can actually change the lighting. We can change things that are happening in that world around us while the person is standing here on the screen screen. So what you all see is the composite as we call it the blending of those two environments into one seamless experience.