On Friday, May 24, 2024, Austrian research institutions came together for the highly anticipated event, “Lange Nacht der Forschung 2024” (“Long Night of Research 2024”). This event was a major success, drawing about 8,000 attendees eager to engage with the latest scientific advancements at the 70 booths present at the Klagenfurt chapter.

Klagenfurt University, SPIRIT partner organisation, more specifically the Department of Information Technology’s booth stood out with its captivating demonstration of the SPIRIT project’s innovative research. The team showcased their groundbreaking work in augmented reality (AR) by utilizing the Microsoft HoloLens 2 to present point cloud videos of individuals. This technology allowed visitors to experience virtual characters — represented as point clouds — within the physical space of the booth. Attendees could interact with these virtual persons in six degrees of freedom, enabling them to walk around and explore the virtual characters as if they were real, present individuals.

This interactive demonstration highlighted the potential of AR technology in creating immersive and dynamic environments. The SPIRIT project’s participation in “Lange Nacht der Forschung 2024” not only demonstrated the practical applications of their research but also captivated and inspired a broad audience, showcasing the future of AR in everyday life.