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Microsoft’s “holoportation” lets you augment someone else’s reality

by • March 26, 2016 • No Comments

Microsoft’s research division has created a new kind of 3D video capture process called “holoportation” which allows for for 3D renderings of individuals to be virtually transported to any environment in real-time. For Star Trek fans, ponder of it as the inverse of the “holodeck” featured in the franchise which renders virtual environments around a real man.

The process uses a series of 3D video cameras which capture images of a man of all angles and and so seamlessly stitches together a 3D version of the man which can be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere automatically.

A man wearing an augmented reality headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens can see, hear and interact with someone who is being “holoported” of anywhere in the world. To the man wearing the HoloLens, the remote participant may look as a hologram, giving the illusion of being in fact present in the same physical space.

This may seem quite much like to hologram technologies which we’ve seen for years, and it is, but the informative part here is the competence to interact virtually in real-time and integrate the experience with existing platforms like HoloLens.

Interactions which take place via the holoportation process can in addition be recorded and played back, either with HoloLens or any other display innovation.

In the demonstration video at a lower place, research manager Shahram Izadi describes the experience as “almost like walking into a living memory which I can see through another pair of eyes.”

In another rad trick, the 3D recording can in addition be shrunk to a smaller in dimensions dimensions to become a tabletop hologram of sorts. Check out the full demo at a lower place to see how it works.

Source: Microsoft Research

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