As of June 2015, Microsoft Corporation unveiled its HoloLens technology which helps in creating a hologram from live video. The practical aspect as thus vegan while the company gave this a name “Holoportation”.
This utilises multiple 3D cameras to capture a subject from all angles and then creates a temporally consistent mod that can mimic the feeling of someone being in a room with another person.
During a TED Talk, Alex Kipman used it to virtually meet with a colleague in front of a Mars backdrop, but this lab demo from Microsoft Research shows something a bit more realistic. That is, so long as you’re wearing one of the $3,000 augmented reality headsets.
The setup is in an incredibly controlled environment (the remote location and where the video hosted by Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadai are laid out pretty similarly), but it definitely shows the potential of using the device as a means of long-distance communication. You can even record a portion of a holoportation session and play it back, shrinking it down to size to fit on your coffee table. It’s pretty neat! But it’s still incredibly early. Artifacts resulting from compression or motion tracking are still present, a reminder that this is still a prototype, and break the illusion a bit.
Looking at the picture above, and you’ll see the somewhat flickery and translucent images that go part and parcel with the headset at this point. Despite that, it’s hard to not get at least a little excited for a future where real-time holographic meet-ups with a loved one (or a zombie) exist.
Source: Microsoft Research, Engadget