Varjo SDK Examples

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On this page you could find following examples:
Benchmark example
Mixed Reality example
Chroma key example
Varjo Marker example
Multi-app example
Gaze Tracking Example Eye Camera Stream Example

Benchmark example

The Benchmark example could be downloaded with Native SDK package.The example can be found under \varjo-sdk\examples \Benchmark\src and you can open the project by running \varjo-sdk\examples\vs2017-x64\VarjoExamples.sln.

This application renders several donuts and a background grid to stress test the Varjo API.

Use main.cpp as a starting point. It contains the main rendering loop and all the frame logic that is not related to graphics.

To learn about the renderer, check the IRenderer.cpp file. Implementation can be found from D3D11Renderer.cpp and GLRenderer.cpp depending on the rendering engine.

Gaze tracking implementation can be found in the GazeTracking.cpp file. Examples include:

  • Checking that gaze tracking is allowed
  • Initializing gaze tracking
  • Requesting gaze calibration
  • Calculating relative gaze vector
  • Positioning gaze in relation to user pose
  • Calculating gaze position in world coordinates

Mixed Reality example

The mixed reality example can be found in the examples folder which is downloaded with Native SDK package.

Mixed reality example shows how video see through can be enabled and how virtual content can be drawn to the same scene. It also allows changing settings for video see through cameras and shows how virtual content color can be adapted to the applied current camera settings. The example also provides access to video depth test and view offset features.

The example shows also how to receive mixed reality camera and HDR cubemap feeds using native Varjo data stream API. See “DataStream API documentation” for information.

Chroma key example

An example of using chroma key can be found in the examples folder included in the Native SDK package. Open the ChromeKeyExample folder and study the main.cpp file to see an example of using the chroma keying feature. The example will show you how to enable chroma key mode, and how to adjust target color and tolerances for chroma keying. Color parameters are represented in the HSV (hue, saturation, brightness value) color space. The hue component specifies an angle on the color wheel, saturation indicates colorfulness, and brightness value denotes intensity. ChromaKeyExample implements a minimalistic VR scene that clears the render targets with a solid color. This is useful as a visualization of the mask produced by the applied chroma key parameters. In actual use the example scene would be replaced by the application’s VR scene, which would then be masked with a chroma key mask. Pressing F1 in the example scene will show a built-in help menu that explains the different keyboard commands. The example is also documented in the source code. You can find all chroma key API calls in the ChromaKeyManager class included in this project. The class provides examples for locking and managing configurations, as well enabling and disabling the chroma key feature for your application.

varjo_MRLockChromaKeyConfig and varjo_MRUnlockChromaKeyConfig are used for locking/unlocking the chroma key configuration for the current session.
varjo_MRSetChromaKey is used for enabling/disabling the chroma keying feature for the current session.
varjo_MRGetChromaKeyConfigCount and varjo_MRGetChromaKeyConfig are used for getting the supported configuration count and actual parameters for each configuration.
varjo_MRSetChromaKeyConfig is used for applying a new set of configuration parameters.
In addition, a new layer-specific flag called varjo_LayerFlag_ChromaKeyMasking has been added to the LayerView class. Chroma keying is applied only to layers with this flag set and only when the feature has been enabled.

Be aware that ChromaKeyExample only serves as an example of how the endpoints can be used, and that these Common helper classes are not meant to be production-quality utility classes for integration.

Varjo Marker example

An example of using Varjo marker can be found in the examples folder included in the Native SDK package. Open the MarkerExample folder and study the MarkerScene.cpp file to see the basic Varjo marker implementation. The example application enables video pass-through and allows the user to see a virtual marker in place of the Varjo marker in their view. In suitable conditions (with good lighting, no reflections, no bending or curing, and a correctly-sized printed marker), the Varjo marker and virtual marker should align perfectly. The example application also allows a user to preview how many markers are visible in the view at any given time.

varjo_WorldGetObjectCount is used for the marker count.
varjo_WorldGetObjects is used to get the marker objects.
varjo_WorldGetPoseComponent and varjo_WorldGetVisualMarkerComponent are used to get the marker pose and other marker-specific data.

Be aware that MarkerExample only serves as an example of how the endpoints can be used, and that these Common helper classes are not meant to be production-quality utility classes for integration.

Multi-app example

The multi-app example shows how to overlay multiple applications on top of each other using session priorities. It renders floating cubes on a background that can be either transparent or non-transparent.

The example uses the MRExample application included in the examples folder of the Native SDK package. MRExample accepts the following command-line arguments:

Assigning priority for an application:


Applications with higher priority values are laid over those with lower priority. Negative values are valid.

Setting a transparent background for MRExample:


Varjo Gaze Tracking Example

“GazeTrackingExample“ is a console application demonstrating usage of Varjo eye tracking native API. It allows user to switch gaze tracking output settings and request gaze tracking calibration of different type.

If headset is worn and eye tracking is calibrated, application outputs tracked user gaze to console window. Forward component of gaze rays is converted to vertical and horizontal angle in degrees for easier perception by user. Top and right gaze direction gives positive angle value, bottom and left direction gives negative angle value. Application also outputs user IPD estimation in millimeters.

User can see output changing in console window in accordance to where user is currently looking at, and also whether one of the eyes is currently open or closed.

With this example application it is possible to log eye tracking data into text file (CSV format) by supplying path to the file via --output command line parameter. Use --help argument to see full list of supported command line parameters.

Varjo Eye Camera Stream Example

“EyeTrackingCameraExample“ showcases how eye camera video stream can be accessed through Varjo native API. The example application shows also how Y8 formatted stream can be converted to RGB color format (image is still grayscale) and rendered to application window. Application also renders active glint LED indicators on top of the gaze camera stream. This data is available in additional camera stream metadata.

See also “DataStream API documentation” for more information about the API used by the example application.