A Free Sample Project for Mixed Reality 3D Geospatial Visualization

Project Anywhere XR is available as a free Unreal Engine sample project that can be streamed to the Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Back at at the end of 2020, Epic Games teamed up with NVIDIA, Microsoft, and 3D geospatial specialist Cesium to demonstrate Project Anywhere, a proof of concept for a scalable real-time interactive simulation environment. 

This original concept allowed users to stream worldwide high-resolution 3D Tiles, the open standard for massive, heterogeneous 3D geospatial datasets, from Cesium ion. The project used Unreal Engine’s Pixel Streaming feature allowing users to run it from their homes on their PCs, mobile devices, or tablets.

The team decided to take the project to the next level by streaming it to the Microsoft HoloLens 2 for the richer interaction and immersion of XR experiences. Project Anywhere XR will be presented live at this year's GEOINT Symposium, October 5-8, 2021 in St Louis, MO. You can visit Cesium booth #2431 to meet the team and get a demo or watch a full demonstration video on the GTC 2021 website.

Epic announced that Project Anywhere XR is now available to download for free as an Unreal Engine sample project to explore, learn from, and adapt to your own requirements. The project comes with an interface developed using Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK) for Unreal – you can select your region of interest, teleport anywhere, and freely navigate from space-eye view down to detailed terrain and buildings.

"As you navigate, the appropriate level of detail is automatically streamed, from Bing map data to OpenStreetMap (OSM) Buildings to photogrammetry data sets," wrote the team. "All of these are supplied by the Cesium for Unreal plugin, without manual creation or preprocessing."

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