This cool holographic Cortana concept may one day become reality

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Jarem Archer, creator of the original concept Cortana Appliance, has constructed a working holographic AI assistant which looks and works astonishingly. He explained that his concept is practically what Alexa or Google Home would become if they were to be combined with the holographic artificial intelligence from the Halo franchise. While the concept is still in the works, it already seems amazing.

Holographic Cortana features

Archer explained that his holographic Cortana concept will be powered by a Windows 10 device featuring 4GB RAM and a built-in Arduino for better control over the platform lights. There will also be present a portable USB monitor on the top that will reflect on three panes of mirror glass.

Archer said that he has modeled and printed everything 3D in PLA. The assembly will feature an omnidirectional microphone placed on top of the unit and also a mini speaker built into Cortanta’s pedestal from the bottom.

How will it run?

The concept’s creator said the software is comprised of two parts:

  1. A Unity 3D app for presenting and animating Cortana in three different angles
  2. A proxy service which communicates with the Unity 3D app and passes data to and from the Cortana web service

The front-facing camera will feature real-time face tracking and will move the rendered camera perspective to the viewer’s position of the head. Acrher used his wife as the motion capture actor for Cortana’s animations. He recorded these animations using dual Kinects before he applied them in the Cortana’s Unity.

See more pictures of this breathtaking concept alongside all the juicy details on Archer’s blog.

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