3D Depth, Volumetric, & Light Field Imaging
Hawkeye Systems provides leading technology in 3D depth, Volumetric and Light Field imaging. These imaging technologies are core to Holographic, Free viewpoint video and also serves as an essential element for the next generation of operating systems.
Volumetric Imaging combines the imaging data using cameras from multiple angles so you can create a depth map of the image or video. The distance to every point in the scene is captured to build up knowledge of the geometry of the scene, its objects, and the location of the camera when the images were taken. Using this information the 3D geometry of the scene can be reconstructed into a navigable space. Unlike standard 360 degree video where your point of view is fixed to the location of the camera, with Volumetric video, you can change your point of view freely. If a boxing match were captured with a volumetric video system a viewer could choose to enter the ring and view the fight as though they were the referee or one of the fighters.
The patented AXA camera system perfectly positions and aligns all of the cameras in the array allowing us to attain near-perfect spherical 360 capture beyond any system presently available. When you take the AXA sphere and scale it large enough to fit objects or people inside, you can point the cameras inwards to capture volumetric image data. By capturing the imaging data inside the perfectly aligned sphere from multiple viewpoints you create a depth map which allows you to turn the image data captured not just into stunning 360 video, but into photo-realistic 3D objects that can be moved, programmed and interacted with much like 3D objects in a video game.
Light Field Imaging
Light Field imaging uses an array of cameras to capture not just the intensity of light in a picture, which is what a traditional 2D camera does, but it also collects information about the direction the light rays are coming from. This extra information provides depth information about the image which creates a 3D, 360 degree image.
How does Light Field Image Capture differ from the 3D and depth information you capture with Volumetric Image Capture? With Volumetric Imaging 3D objects are built using depth information to map the shape of objects similar to a video game, Light Field 3D objects are built from light information more akin to holograms.
The AXA Stage currently supports over 100+ cameras and the ability to add additional camera density anywhere inside the sphere. AXA’s highly accurate camera positioning is the key for automation and the algorithms for all Volumetric, Light Field & AI software to build upon.
The Meridian captures live-action 6DoF, footage that enables the viewer to move through and look around in while still maintaining the look and feel of live-action cinematography.
The Meridian consists of 24 perfectly synchronized, equidistant Sony RXO cameras mounted inside each modular panel, also known as an array. The panels of cameras capture the light from all the various angles and vantage points that pass through the area, or frame. Acting as ‘windows’ into the virtual world, the panels can be stacked and arranged to accommodate shots of any size, from small tabletops to large landscape environments, to create the desired immersive environment and enable the viewer to break the fourth wall.
The versatile, portable Meridian makes the task of light field capture easier. Each Meridian panel measures 3-by-4 feet and contains 24 cameras in four rows and six columns. They can be built on top of one another depending on the shot, and arranged to capture virtual windows that content creators place inside of a VR environment. With enough panels on set, a content creator can carve out a large area for the user to move around inside.
Until now, the screen acted as the ‘fourth wall’ separating the audience from the action in front of their eyes. With the Meridian, filmmakers remove the fourth wall and bring an audience into a VR environment without compromising image quality.
The exceptional portability of our Volumetric and Light Field imaging systems is one of its big advantages. Most competitors have built fixed stages which require you to go to them. The AXA stage is portable and its modular design allows it to be much more than just a stage. Likewise, the Meridian’s modular and portable design allows this technology to create value outside of film making.
Any industry that can use real time image analysis will see value in Hawkeye’s camera systems. We are currently working to expand our technology into a variety of other verticals including
- Education/Training Simulations
- Manufacturing Quality Control
- Inspection/Authentication of Physcial Goods