Microsoft introduces Holoportation at UIST 2016 Symposium

By: Costea Lestoc
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Unveiled in March, Holoportation is Microsoft’s new project which is positioned to revolutionize the future of teleconferencing. This solution will use high-quality 3D capture technology to allow people from all over the world to conference visually. If you’re interested in how it will work, check out the video in which Shahram Izadi demoed the technology at the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction UIST ’16 symposium.

After Microsoft introduced its Holoportation solution back in March, the company has revealed a mobile version of it later on in November. Shahram Izadi was one of the researchers who founded the project and who left the company in May, later becoming the co-founder and CTO of perceptiveIO, a company that specializes in real-time computer vision. Microsoft and perceptiveIO are now partners, with Izadi attending the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology that took place in Tokyo.

In the video that’s 26 minutes long, he explained that there’s a massive amount of science behind this new type of 3D capture technology. It allows the reconstruction, compression and transmission of high-quality virtual 3D models in real-time. Conversation participants will wear mixed reality displays such as HoloLens and with it, will be able to see and to interact with each other in 3D as if they are present in the same space.

Izadi used several Star Wars movies where characters had conversations visually with other characters who live on the other side of the galaxy as an example. Characters appeared as holograms with the help of holographic technology that was in place for all speakers. You can watch the entire demonstration below:

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