While the HoloLens from Microsoft isn’t exactly news, the Holoportation feature is sure to become the groundbreaking technology of the future. The $3,000 virtual reality headset was just announced to have a capability of projecting holograms the way we have only seen in movies.
The last demonstration of Microsoft Research has outdone itself by presenting us something we have only dared to dream: holoportation. In the near future, we will all be able to communicate with projections of the people that are usually supposed to be on the other side of the screen, a technology many of you might be familiar from the Star Wars franchise.
The feature is, of course, introduced in the much awaited HoloLens virtual reality headset, and will allow users to see live holograms of the people they are talking with over the Internet, even they are on a different continent. This will be facilitated by a part of the equipment that will transfer the hologram into the surrounding environment.
You might be wondering, how does it work? First of all, the technology has to capture the person in 3D from all angles. In this regard, it needs several cameras. Additionally, both the movement and the speech must be recorded to convey the most realistic experience possible.
Next, the complete recording is transferred to the HoloLens headset. In this way, the user will be able to see the hologram standing in the same room. Unfortunately, the device has limitations because of its narrow viewing field. For instance, if the user turns his or her head to the side, there is a possibility the hologram might disappear.
Apart from its obvious use for live long distance communication, holoportation will have other purposes as well. The users will have the option of making a recording and sending it to their loved ones to view later on. Additionally, the hologram can be shrunk in size and placed wherever the user wants in the room.
This can be considered one of the first steps to implementing the technology from beloved science-fiction movies, but there is still a lot to be worked on. The feature is currently in early development, and you might have to wait some time before making the most out of it. Not to mention the countless bugs that need to be fixed.
In spite of long and difficult way to holoportation, Microsoft stands determined and positive, as can be seen in the demo video here.
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