Check out Microsoft's Star Wars-style holographic communications system in action

By midian182 ยท 4 replies
Mar 28, 2016
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  1. We may still be quite some way off the invention of lightsabers, hyperdrives, and hoverbikes but, thanks to Microsoft, there’s one Star Wars technology that can now be experienced using the company’s augmented reality HoloLens device: holographic communications.

    Microsoft showed off the HoloLens’ ability to create holograms from live video last year, but now the company’s Interactive 3D Technologies group has released a video showing off the technology, which is called ‘Holoportation,’ in action.

    It’s still in the early stages of development, which means Holoportation currently requires a specialized capture rig consisting of multiple 3D cameras to record people’s movements and speech in real-time. The system recreates 3D models of what the cameras are recording, adds textures, then compresses the data before transmitting it to a HoloLens user in a different location.

    Another element of Holoportation that closely resembles the technology seen in the Star Wars franchise is its ability to record portions of holographic communication sessions and replay them. It will even be possible to shrink the recordings down from actual-size to miniaturized versions that are small enough to fit on a coffee table.

    Sadly, we don’t know when or if Holoportation will become commercially available. The huge setup it requires obviously isn’t going to be cheap, but future iterations may see the system’s cameras reduced in size and number.

    Holographic communications is certainly a technology that has applications for businesses, and could be used as a way to sell the HoloLens to the enterprise market. Whether it ever becomes a popular, simple method of communication for consumers remains to be seen, but for the sake of Star Wars fans everywhere, let's hope it catches on.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,321   +1,970

    Hmmmmm .... I keep reading about social networking absolutely killing off any kinds of social interaction between people. Seems they have found yet another way to do the same. I wonder how long it will take before the age of being born, live and die without ever actually meeting another person face to face ......
  3. seeprime

    seeprime TS Addict Posts: 124   +105

    This is going to have very limited acceptance. In any real time conferencing system all the participants will need to wear the goofy HoloLens glasses. No one will like how they look in these things or how they feel on their faces. So, they won't be used as there will be few reasons to see a 3D meeting when standard video works fine today, does not require wearing anything to work properly, and is affordable.
  4. Neieus

    Neieus TS Rookie

    I'm sure people said the same thing about the cell phone... It's going to have limited acceptance and that people prefer to talk face to face. Oh lets not forget how stupid you'd look holding one to your head and talking into a piece of plastic.... it's ok in a way I almost see your point but what really matters is how long until the porn industry gets their hands on it...
  5. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +20

    That will be awesome for the army personal oversea to see their family.

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