Microsoft creates holographic communication. Technology giant Microsoft has taken another great technical stride with the release of ‘Holoportation’, a holographic communication device that brings the people you’re speaking to right in to the room.
HoloLens has been with us for a while and Microsoft is currently investigating commercial applications. Taking our phone calls and instant chat to the next level and bringing a physical representation of that person in to the room with us is one obvious possibility.
The live hologram is the result of a huge collection of 3D cameras, so it’s not practical for the real world yet, but this is the precursor as the next generation of HoloLens, a headset-based system, could blow this right out of the water and put you in the room with a lifelike version of your family and friends in real-time.
The commercial application of HoloLens essentially looks like a combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms, creating a whole new level of virtual reality that we simply haven't experienced yet.
The Holoportation system is eerily reminiscent of the Star Wars scene where Princess Leia is beamed from R2-D2. It’s possible to shrink the hologram down to a table top version, too, which has probably provided endless fun for Microsoft’s developers.
Back in the real world, Microsoft has started to ship the development version of HoloLens and this new technology could change the way we view the world.
Holographic computing promises to bring a number of sci-fi dreams into the modern world, including gesture-based computing, a response to eye movements and advanced voice control contained within the headset to render keyboards a thing of the past.
Holographic design can even marry computer generated images with real world products and technically an architect could go to a building site and see his construction project completed in front of him.
Your next computer could look very different if holographic computing continues to gather pace; it’s an exciting time in the world of IT support, and the future could bring some major surprises. Keep watching this space, it's going to be interesting!