The experimental Passthrough API by Facebook had made its debut back in July. The interface allows developers to deploy the Oculus Quest’s built-in cameras for creating engaging mixed reality experiences. Since its release, it has led to several new, interactive AR games for the standalone headset.
One of these mixed reality experiences is Magic Keys that uses the Passthrough technology as an innovative medium to disseminate piano lessons. The software has been initially developed for the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset.
The platform’s developer, Dominik Hackl, shared a video on Reddit showing him interacting with a physical keyboard observable in-headset via Passthrough. During the experience, you can use your actual hands to press the keys in sync with their corresponding notes as they float by.
Hackl stated that the immediate release would support custom midi files, which would enable you to import your tracks and practice your music of choice on the platform. No official release date has been disclosed. However, Hackle promised a “playable demo APK within the next few days.”
Nevertheless, Magic Keys is not the first immersive piano application on the Oculus Quest. VRtuos, another app that allows Quest users to calibrate their real-world keyboard and import their midi files, had launched on SideQuest last year. The VRtuos developers are also reportedly working on adding Passthrough support to their application shortly.
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