Much of VR content is formed by filming and preserving 360 views. Some viewers confess being stuck in the middle and being exposed to 360-degree view out of context. Owlii, a startup founded by Tsinghua PhDs in 2016, aims to best preserve people as real as possible in virtual reality, helping users to record their memories.

Owlii creates lifelike holograms that can be viewed via both VR and AR using their volumetric capture and 3D reconstruction technology. The Beijing-based VR company has received a US$ 1.5 million investment from several investors including Shunwei Capital, an early stage focused investment firm co-founded by Xiaomi’s CEO and founder Lei Jun. In Owlii’s demo, you can see its holographic applications around mobile AR.

So how does this work? When body movements are scanned through 4 to 20 depth cameras, which the team has self-prototyped, they go through Owlii’s volumetric capture and 3D reconstruction processes, which brings 3D holograms to life. Users can then watch their memories using VR headsets and AR headsets. Their core technologies have a US PCT application patent, two US provisional application patent, and more in the process.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com