Oh man ! Microsoft’s technologies just keep getting better and better. For those of you who have been dreaming about the day when they would finally be able to project a talking and walking image of themselves from hither to thither, well folks, allows us to introduce HoloLens: ‘holoportation‘.
Yup. We saw something similar in Star Wars and a whole bunch of other shows high on sci-fi. However, it seems like the technology — or something like it — is finally here.
Basically, Holoportation is a brand new capture technology that has the potential to allow high-quality 3D models of people to be transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. If that’s hard to understand, just think about the Star Wars example, with 3-D holographs of people popping out of little balls.
This is how Microsoft Research defines it :
holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face-to-face communication.
However, there are some significant differences in how things are done in the movies and Microsoft’s technology. Here, the user needs to put on a pair of HoloLens, which will allow them to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same room.
Needless to say, a special camera rig is required to project the image, along with a system to capture, compress and transmit the images of the person being projected. And what’s more, you can even playback previous interactions. Wow!!
Another point to Augmented reality over Virtual reality — since the latter, at least for now, doesn’t seem to be a fit for the whole virtual teleportation thing.
So yes, there you have it. The company says — and we definitely agree — that the technology has the potential to literally usurp the way we communicate. Cellphones? Nah. Skype? No. You want to talk to someone, you talk to them face to face.
Although considering that the development kit costs $3000 alone, its probably safe to say that you aren’t going to have your best friend projecting themselves into your room, anytime soon. There are other limitations too, such as. A particular area to capture and transmit images from and so on.
But who cares. The technology is finally here and that’s what matters. I am still busy being bamboozled by all the possible implications of the tech, should it ever hit the mainstream. Goodbye classrooms, celebrities performing in you room and whatnot!
*Goes off to dream about Holoportation.