MIXED REALITY CONTENT ALIGNMENT IN MONUMENTAL ENVIRONMENTS
Keywords: HoloLens, Mixed Reality, World Locking Tools, Vuforia, Alignment, Point Cloud
Abstract. Mixed reality provides on-the-spot and real-time data access capabilities by making virtual models and information more intuitive and accessible. Furthermore, allowing the operator to perceive 3D as holograms would allow for a more natural and straightforward manipulation of the perceived 3D content by permitting the augmentation of real objects with various levels of data. This can be accomplished by appropriately registering and superimposing the presented 3D models with the surrounding environment. This work aims to provide a quantitative evaluation of HoloLens 2 capabilities in registering virtual content inside monumental spaces. Two different methodologies are evaluated: Vuforia image targets and Microsoft World Locking Tools (WLTs). Tests have been performed inside Milan Cathedral's monumental spaces. Here, ambience dimensions, single architectural element repetition and non-uniform lighting conditions push out-of-the-box methods to their limits. Results show that WLTs with their space pins API can correctly reference virtual content keeping deviations in the order of 15 cm coping with the scale error produced from sensors’ drifts.