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Microsoft Research is working on a 3D communications innovation which simulates teleportation via the HoloLens augmented-reality glasses which it has dubbed ‘Holoportation.

by • March 24, 2016 • No Comments

Since Microsoft initially took the wraps off its HoloLens mixed reality goggles, the company has demonstrated a number of future consumer and business uses for the device.


But in a newly published video clip, Microsoft announced yet another future, yet futuristic use: As a communication device via a technique its researchers have dubbed “Holoportation.”

The Walking Cat (@h0x0d on Twitter) posted a link on March 25 with a clip of a Holoportation demonstration. He said this may be the same innovation, shown here in additional more detail and depth, that
HoloLens creator Alex Kipman demonstrated during his February 201 TED Talk of
holographic computing

The link to the Microsoft Research site comes with a lot additional information of
, that Microsoft execs describe as “a new type of 3D capture innovation that
allows for high high end 3D models of folks to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time.”

“When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this innovation allows for users to see and interact with remote participants
in 3D as if they are in fact
present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as effortless as face to face communication,” the research page says.

In the Holoportation demo, the two participants
seem to be in the same physical space, actually yet they aren’t. The 3D models captured by the HoloLens are projected into the real world.

Here’s the Microsoft Research clip revealing how Holoportation works:

The Holoportation project comes of the Microsoft Research Interactive 3D Technologies (I3D) team, that works on projects that
combine “research on 3D graphics, desktop vision, machine learning, novel hardware, augmented reality and NUI (effortless user interfaces,” according to that
group’s page.

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The I3D team participants
previously were involved with other similarly themed research projects which include
Kinect Fusion and HoloDesk. Their page notes that
the team’s “research themes” involve mixed reality with real-time tracking and reconstruction, new creations for cameras for capturing reality, and new algorithms for inferring physical properties in a scene.

Microsoft is on tap to provide additional HoloLens information, education and demonstrations during its Build 2016 manufacturers conference in San Francisco of March 30 to April 1.

Just a reminder: Holoportation is yet a research project at this point. Microsoft has only started shipping its HoloLens manufacturer kits, and yet hasn’t set a date as to when HoloLens devices can be on the market commercially to business users or consumers.

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