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Microsoft's Holoportation tech lets you "virtually teleport from one space to another in real time"

By Ng Chong Seng - on 28 Mar 2016, 12:03am

Microsoft's Holoportation tech lets you "virtually teleport from one space to another in real time"

Microsoft Research has demoed a way for people to “virtually teleport from one space to another” using 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.

Calling it ‘holoportation’, when the tech meets the company’s HoloLens mixed reality headset, it then allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they were present in the same space. According to the demo by Partner Research Manager Shahram Izadi, because this is 3D content, the session can also be recorded and then played back later, even in a miniaturized form.

It’s perhaps safe to assume that we won’t be seeing this in our homes anytime soon; for one, the 3D camera setup required is likely to be very expensive at this stage. But it does convincingly show us how people-to-people communication in the future can be done.

Intrigued? Here’s Microsoft’s Alex Kipman with more HoloLens demos at a recent Ted Talk.

The HoloLens development kit, which costs US$3,000, is shipping end of this month to developers.

Source: Microsoft Research.

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