Science journalist Andrew Chaikin and Industrial Light and Magic chief creative offer John Knoll try unsuccessfully to get the demo off the ground at Build. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)
The opening demo at Microsoft’s Build conference was supposed to be a real showstopper, and ultimately it did stop the show, but not in the way the tech giant, Epic Games and Industrial Light and Magic had hoped.
An unspecified technical glitch kept science journalist Andrew Chaikin and Industrial Light and Magic chief creative offer John Knoll from using the HoloLens 2 headsets to recreate the Apollo 11 Moon landing in mixed reality.
As Chaikin said before walking off the stage, “It seems that doing a live demo is actually harder than landing on the moon.”
But a video of their rehearsal has now surfaced online, thanks to Variety, which had been tracking the plans for the demo and had prepared a giant article with the full backstory on how the demo came to be. The collaboration is part of a partnership between Microsoft and Epic Games, a truce between the companies.
Variety explains, “All had worked out well during multiple rehearsals over the last few days. But when Knoll ...