HoloMeeting vs. Arvizio's MR Studio

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Teleportation seemed to be business person's dream: not having to travel for an important meeting abroad thereby saving time and money. Remote meetings in this manner, that go beyond video calling such as Skype have the potential to remove communication issues and misunderstandings that often occur during calls or chats.

As remote collaboration gains in importance, companies are finding new ways to tackle these issues with Mixed Reality. In this blog I will compare Holomeeting to the product of fellow Microsoft MRPP Partner Arvizio’s MR Studio.

Immersive Meetings. Increased Productivity.

Both Mixed Reality products were created to add value to businesses by increasing productivity. While Studio Immerse is especially targets the AEC, healthcare, industrial and education market, Holomeeting does not have a determined target sector meaning it can be adopted beyond this narrow focus.

Due to the visualisation aspects of Holomeeting is also of value for the Design, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. However, it is just as helpful in replacing conventional calls as it creates an almost in person experience.

This has many applications that stretch beyond the uses of frontline workers and is therefore scalable within a company, across multiple departments.

Focus on MR Studio Immerse for HoloLens

MR Studio Immerse is part of Arvizio’s MR Studio Suite which as well contains a MR Studio Director (directing the MR visualisation and collaboration experience) and a MR Studio Remote (cross platform remote collaboration with multi session capability). Arvizio’s solution is accessible with tablets, phones, laptops and smart glasses whereas Holomeeting can be used via Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, Mixed Reality headsets and desktop - practically the full Windows suite. While it is possible for HoloMeeting to upload over 60 different file types like Revit, Solidworks and CATIA. In MR Studio, raster, vector and volumetric 3D data types can be processed.

Studio Immerse is a real time collaboration tool with several virtual display panels. It is Unity-based, visualises 3D content and allows for real time collaboration via live video.


This feature is similar to Holomeeting’s Live Feed tool which can as well be used for remote assistance purposes. An advantage of Holomeeting Live Feed is the user’s ability to perform several tasks during the video sharing. He or she is able to take screenshots of important content and change the band width to adjust to reception issues. It is as well possible to enable “Live Mode” which shows on the shared field of view not only what one sees in front of him/her, but also the holograms that their Hololens perceives. Furthermore, the recently added “Remote Inking” feature enables participants to place symbols via live feed.

In Arvizio’s solution, Studio Director is where the shared content is managed: Arvizio’s proprietary ASPEN (Advanced Spatial Processing Engine) processes 3D content and makes it scalable. It is also responsible for data integration with IT systems.  

In HoloMeeting, everyone is the director of content as anyone can upload 3D or 2D files to the shared space. The content in HoloMeeting is simply being uploaded from the user’s Microsoft Onedrive account (linked to Holomeeting) which takes up to thirty seconds depending on size and quality of the file. HoloMeeting is therefore currently connected to Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing system and will therefore fit in with many organisations' current

MR Studio as well as Holomeeting use holographic avatars to show participants the relative positions of the other devices. For HoloMeeting, however, it is possible to use realistic 3D scans of its users to create a more personal experience.

Both programmes have features to show what their participants are looking at: although visualised differently, both solutions have gaze trackers.

Another similar feature is the life size mode of 3D models: while HoloMeeting has a ‘life size’ button (with Revit files that have the functionality), which within one click transforms a normal sized model into a life sized one, the user of MR Studio scales the file himself to the size he or she desires.

Another contrasting HoloMeeting feature is the 3D freehand draw tool which allows users to draw directly into their environment.

All in all, both solutions disrupt communication and are usable in numerous industries. While comparing the features of both solutions I came to the conclusion that HoloMeeting is a more collaborative and interactive solution as it offers more ways for participants to interact with their shared files as well as being scalable due to the support of Microsoft's ecosystem.

MR Studio however, can especially be used for education and training purposes thanks to the Studio Director managed content and the video feed tool.

It therefore feels like HoloMeeting is the more enterprise-focused solution of the two.

While collaborating with our clients, Holomeeting’s Early Access Beta Programme is constantly being adjusted and improved. We are happy to keep you informed about the latest features and other interesting Mixed Reality solutions.

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