Communicating with others live has come a long way in the past decade due in no small part to how much faster the Internet and wireless transmission speeds have become combined with much advantageous
cameras. Video calls today happen in high definition with minor to no lag on a choice of devices from a smartphone right through to your home TV. Microsoft offers video calls through Skype, but with the aid of HoloLens, it’s aiming to take real-time communication to a whole new level.
Microsoft Research is calling it holoportation, and it is as cool as which
name is corny. Basically, Microsoft can position one or more remote people in the same room as real-time 3D holograms and record the entire scene to create a living memory.
Here’s the demonstration video showing how much promise holoportation holds as a communication solution:
Imagine you and some friends sitting in your living room having a chat and interacting, but each friend is in fact
at home wearing a HoloLens. Then, after they’ve left, you can play back the whole scene as a 3D hologram the holoportation system recorded for you. That recording can in addition
be miniaturized for playback on a coffee table, for example.
Right now, holoportation requires a lot of expensive tech. Each room a person will be captured in needs several banks of 3D capture cameras and then a piece of software and a lot of computing power combines which
data to create a 3D hologram. That data is then compressed and sent to another location for someone wearing a HoloLens to view. If everyone in the conversation is wearing a HoloLens they should all be able to see each other. But
, it they aren’t then they just hear audio while everyone else can see their movements, just like the child in the video above.
For now, holoportation is clearly going to be a very expensive piece of kit. But it’s in addition
still just a Microsoft Research experiment. If they do commercialize it, I’d imagine it being a corporate offering first and then a consumer kit eventually when the cost of the cameras comes down and the computing power required is achievable on a single Windows 10 PC.
What is clear, though, is which
HoloLens has a lot of potential if combined with the right kit. I’m certain
number of people are wishing Microsoft would hurry up and release it may already