Microsoft is continuing to pitch the promises of its mixed reality technology in the workplace. In a new demonstration, officials showed off a scenario where a life-sized holographic representation of a person could be beamed into a scenario with real-time simultaneous language translation happening — a communication scenario in which Microsoft has been working for years.
Holoportation allows individuals with mixed-reality devices, including the HoloLens, to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they were present in their physical space. Microsoft researchers have been working on Holoportation in various incarnations, over the past several years.
What is it
Holoporation is a combination of the words “hologram” and “teleportation”. Holoportation enables the user to see, hear and interact with remote participants, in 3d (holograms), as if they are actually present in the same physical space (teleportation).
Microsoft, being the brains behind the development, defines Holoportation as a 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time.
How it works?
The breakthrough is achieved through 3D capture technology and mixed reality headsets, such as Microsoft’s Hololens.
sers must be in a room equipped with the capture technology, which reconstructs and transmits the user as a 3D model.
At the moment 3D cameras have to be present around the subject/object to create a hologram. The other user needs to have the similar kind of apparatus in order to communicate. Then, the 3D cameras create a hologram of the second person and transmit that to the first user who is seen interacting with the second person.
Holoportation is an immersive and innovative form of tech that possesses great potential in transforming the learning environment. Imagine a scenario where different schools can interact and experience the same lessons together. Another scenario could even be students who attend lessons from the comfort of their home because the need for physical presence in the classroom diminishes.
Despite huge innovations in the telecommunication industry over the past decades, from the rise of mobile phones to the emergence of video conferencing, these technologies are far from delivering an experience close to physical co-presence.For example, despite a myriad of telecommunication technologies, we spend over a trillion dollars per year globally on business travel, with over 482 million ﬂights per year in the US alone. This does not count the cost on the environment. Indeed telepresence has been cited as key in battling carbonemissions in the future.
That’s a short video of the technology being showcased. It’s interesting that the whole covid social distancing is a perfect buyer for this tech to be in every sheeps house to communicate to their loved ones. I sure wont be buying one!