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We’ve all seen Sci Fi movies where the characters “interact” with holograms (projections of people talking in real time) and we were wondering when this technology will make its appearance in our lives. Well, this dream is about to come true, thanks to Microsoft’s holoportation feature, which will allow us to virtually teleport and interact with 3D models in real time. Microsoft has even shown this feature into action in a YouTube video.

In the YouTube video, researchers from Microsoft have demonstrated how a person can interact with another one located in another part of the world, using 3D cameras and an augmented-reality display. Holoportation will create a “temporally consistent model” and the two people who are talking to each other using the HoloLens AU headset will have the feeling that they’re both inside the room. To demonstrate the potential of the holoportation feature, first, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman had a virtual meeting with one of his colleagues, in front of a Mars backdrop, but the demo from Microsoft Research seems more realistic.

The video can be watched below:

The developers explained that “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 and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face-to-face communication.”

Currently, there are many people using messaging applications which support voice calling, but it’s not the same as when talking to the hologram of a person which looks realistic. This new type of technology will help those who are involved in long distance relationships, or who have friends all over the world and can’t visit them.

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