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Mixed Reality Stargazing Demo Skygaze Now Available on Quest

Turn your home into the ultimate stargazing lounge.

Now available on the Meta Quest, Skygaze (demo) is a prototype VR experience that turns your headset into a mixed reality stargazing lounge. You can explore the solar system and search for constellations, learn about our system’s planets or catch a show in the virtual planetarium, all from the comfort of your living room.

The app is simple, yet captivating thanks to the unique use of Meta’s Passthrough API. You start by identifying the walls of your real house using your Touch controllers. When you’re done installing, your home’s ceiling will begin to retract, revealing a crystal-clear night sky studded with stars, planets, and constellations, each with accurate positioning based on your geographic position and local time of the day. day . There’s even the option to lower your walls so you can see even more of the night sky.

According to developer Emanuel Tomozei, skygaze is still in active development; what’s available now is just a sample of what’s to come at launch. That said, the current version of the app still offers plenty to do. You can search and identify different stars, constellations and planets. There is also a separate planetarium room where you can watch a 360-degree movie about our solar system. It’s quite a surreal feeling to see city-sized asteroids flying overhead while relaxing at home.

skygaze is now available as a free demo on the Meta Quest via the App lab† Based on the trailer, it looks like we can expect a virtual telescope mode in the future, which should add additional stargazing capabilities. I also hope the app eventually finds its way to Project CambriaMeta’s work-oriented mixed reality device with high-resolution color throughput.

“I hope to make it a full app, but it all depends on interest and funding. Any ideas of thoughts on what works, what doesn’t or what could be improved or added would be great to hear!” said Tomozei in a Reddit post.

We talked about first skygaze last year when it was still called stargazer† Tomozei submitted the project to the Facebook XR Hackathon where it took third place in the Mixed Reality track. At the time, he promised to spend the prize money he won on developing a full-fledged app, and today we saw the first fruits of his work.

For more information about the skygaze project visit here

Image Credit: Emanuel Tomozei

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