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About HoloKit

What is HoloKit?
Amber Garage, a Silicon Valley based creative art & tech studio, on June 1st at Augmented World Expo launched HoloKit, the low cost open source mixed reality experience, which includes the HeadKit cardboard headset and TrackKit software. With your smartphone and Mixed Reality apps, HoloKit provides you access to the world of Mixed Reality right in your hands, affordably.
World's First Cardboard Mixed Reality Experience
HoloKit features super sharp optics quality and a 76-degree diagonal field of view. Pairing with a smartphone, HoloKit can perform an inside out tracking function, which uses the changing perspective on the outside world to note changes in its own position. HoloKit merges the real and the virtual in a smart way. While you see through the real world, virtual objects are blended into it. Powered by the accurate gyro and camera on smart phones, HoloKit solidly places virtual objects onto your table or floor, as if they were physically there without physical makers. These virtual objects will stay in the same place even if you walk away, just like real physical objects.

HoloKit is different from screen-based AR experience like Tango. You can directly see through the headset and view the real world as is, and in the meantime the virtual objects are projected on top of the real world, as opposed to viewing both the real and the virtual through a smartphone camera.
International Collaboration and Open-sourced
HoloKit is the result of the collaboration across the globe. Botao Hu from Amber Garage and Fengyuan Zhu from NYU ITP developped the project. Hardware is designed and manufactured by Gehangdianzi (Goldhorn), China. The team spent 6 months to develop and improve Holokit to achieve its current industrial design and software. -

-Prior to Augmented World Expo, HoloKit has been exhibited in Workshop in Augmented and Mixed Reality at Stanford University on May 11, 2017. Also, HoloKit was demonstrated in ITP spring show at New York University, on May 17, 2017. -

-"HoloKit is our gift to the AR/MR industry. We open-sourced our code and provided instruction for hardware DIY." Botao Hu said, "HoloKit is free for all non-commercial use. The core tracking library of HoloKit software is an open source C++ library. Developers can use Unity to create Apps. I am excited to see what open source contributors will create, and how HoloKit can help fellow engineers and artists for their projects."
Press Kit (Video Clips, images, GIFs)
Please refer to our press kit here .

GET IT

Download HoloKit app:
  Get HoloKit App


Source code:
  Github

FOR HOLOKIT OWNERS amp&; DEVELOPERS

Get Started

WARNING: Currently, we only support iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus with iOS 11 beta installed.
WARNING: Please do not use your personal iPhone for iOS 11 beta. Your personal data may be lost.

How to install HoloKit Demo App (Only for HoloKit owner):
Demo App Guide

How to Attribute (PLEASE READ BEFORE DEVELOPMENT)

The purpose of this attribution section is to explain in plain terms that the company, Amber Garage, grants to all users/creators an approval for conduction Derivative Works in relation to the Holokit to which the company owns the rights to. All users/creators who conduct Derivative Works in relation to the Holokit regardless of there or not they paid consideration, shall be deemed to have agreed to the contents of our License by starting use of the Holokit.

What CAN users/creators do?

  • Users/creators can use Holokit to create Derivative Works, such as app development (commerically or non-commerically), hardware modification (non-commerical) and academic works.
  • Users/creators can release and distribute the Derivative Works of the Holokit by the creator themselves. In doing so, the creator shall declare that it will have the users receiving such distributions and follow the terms of the License by indicating either of the Holokit Logo signs.

What CAN’T Users/creators do?

  • Mass production and sales of the Holokit without Company's permission
  • Use a work created by others and release or distribute it by disguising it as your own work or Use works owned by others without obtaining approval from the owner of such works.
  • Use in a way that might damage the value and dignity of the Company and Holokit.
  • Use the Holokit for the purpose of offending other, discrimination others, or hurting others.
  • Use the Holokit in relation to certain beliefs or religious views, or making political statements.
  • Using the Holokit in a manner which may lead others in falsely thinking their work is an official product of the Company without permission of the Company.

Holokit logo

In order to present that Derivative Works conducted by use of the Holokit are under the Company’s Licensing agreement, creators shall mark with the words, "Works with HoloKit", or display either of the following two Holokit Logos on the Derivative Work itself when releasing and/or distributing the Derivative Works.


or

Download Logo Vector Images

Redistribution of the Holokit

When redistributing the Holokit through, whichever means, in addition to posting the Holokit Logo, a set of license related files shall be included in the distribution. Said licensing files may be found in our code.

Full text of this License and user Guidelines

This attribution section as a summarized version of the Holokit License Terms. The full text of the License Terms can be found here. The legal relationship between users/creators and the Company in relation to the License shall adhere in total to the Full Text of the Holokit License Terms. The Full Text License Terms shall prevail over the summarized version if any contradictions or inconsistencies between the two are discovered.

Inquiries

If you have any questions regarding the License, you can contact us at: [email protected]

Develop HoloKit Experience

WARNING: Currently, we only support iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus with iOS 11 beta installed.
WARNING: Please do not use your personal iPhone for upgrading iOS 11 beta. Your personal data may be lost.

You shall read the above "How to Attribute" section.

App developer shall mark with the words, "Works with HoloKit", or display either of the following two Holokit Logos in your app.


or

For academic work, please cite Monocular Visual-Inertial State Estimation for Mobile Augmented Reality, P.Li et al (ISMAR 2017, accepted)

SUPPORTED MOBILE DEVICE

CREDITS

Chief Director : Botao Hu
Co-Director : Fengyuan Zhu

HeadKit (Hardware) : Botao Hu, Fengyuan Zhu
TrackKit (SDK) : Botao Hu
based on ARKIt from Apple and open source VINS project from HKUST
Demo App: Fengyuan Zhu







ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

HeadKit Advisor: Ken Perlin from NYU
TrackKit Advisor: Shaojie Shen from HKUST
HeadKit Industrial Design: Yiming Deng
HeadKit R&D Lab: Gehangdianzi
Open source VINS Project: Peiliang Li, Tong Qin, Zhenfei Yang, Kejie Qiu, Shaojie Shen from HKUST
Demonstration: Wenbo Lan, Zhenyi He, Peiyu Luo, Miao Tian
Hologram Model Provider: Unity Chan, Owlii, KennyWdev
Talent Sourcer: Yu Lao
Branding Advisor: Yiying Lu

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Partnerships & Contacts

The nature of HoloKit is open source and free gift to the world. We are looking for partnership for HoloKit: media, manufacturer, content provider, robotics expert, app developper, artists, museum who would like to spread this idea to the world.
We will keep you updated!