HQ: Helsinki, Finland
Invested in: Q1/2019
Founders: Victor Pardinho, Raquel Cardoso
Keywords: VR, AR, Mixed Reality, 3D, Volumtric Capture
For VR, AR and MR, life-like and realistic characters are becoming increasingly important for a genuine experience in this new, up-and-coming medium.
According to one estimate by BCC Research, the virtual reality technology market will be growing to $40bn by 2022. For VR, AR and MR, life-like and realistic characters are becoming increasingly important for a genuine experience in this new, up-and-coming medium.
Usually, virtual characters are either programmatically created, which leads to characters that are not that life-like. The other option is that virtual characters are first captured with motion capture suits and then have a visual layer added on top – like in the creation of the film Avatar. This process is very time-consuming and expensive.
An upcoming technique is volumetric video capture, where a person is filmed in 3D and can then be used as a 3D capture in VR or AR. The limitation of this approach so far has been that to edit the captures and sequences, apply interactions and the way the character moves and behaves is a complex challenge that only big teams with a heavy budget can handle.
This is where the founders of Sense of Space have come in to fill that gap in the market. They are creating software tools to make editing, sequencing and interaction possibilities with these volumetric captured characters easier to create and distribute. The goal is that any person that is captured in 3D can then be used as a realistic character in a in an immersive experience for AR, VR or web platform.
Victor Pardinho and Raquel Cardoso are the two founders of Sense of Space. Victor is a developer, artist and researcher. He wrote his Master's thesis at Aalto, studying the creation of virtual characters directly from 3D scans. Victor has worked with several studios, companies and research institutes - such as Aalto and Tallinn University, and Nokia - creating Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality projects. Raquel is a strategist researcher with a background in new media and vast experience in the creative industries.
The Sense of Space technology will make creating volumetric 3D content for VR and AR significantly easier. As VR and AR proliferate, the tools for creating the content are becoming a large industry. Sense of Space can become a front-runner in this field with their future products and an important part of creating Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality experiences.