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You'll Soon Be Able To 'Holoport' Anywhere In the World With Microsoft VR Tech (thenextweb.com) 54

An anonymous reader cites an article on The Next Web: Microsoft research manager Shahram Izadi is showing off the company's latest innovation using HoloLens: 'holoportation,' enabling him to appear as if he's there in real-time, anywhere in the world. His image is captured in 3D by cameras placed around the room. This is then stitched together, compressed and transmitted so someone else can see, hear and interact with him as though he's right there with them. You can even playback previous interactions, as though "walking into a living memory," and miniaturize the content to make it easier to consume. "Imagine being able to virtually teleport from one place to another," he says. Well, if you're the owner of a HoloLens, you soon could do. Microsoft's HoloLens is arguably the front-runner in the nascent, but fast-evolving, augmented reality space. The company's technology has previously been seen used by astronauts and scientists to "walk on the Mars surface" without stepping out of their office on Earth. It's fascinating to see how Microsoft continues to further innovate in this field.
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You'll Soon Be Able To 'Holoport' Anywhere In the World With Microsoft VR Tech

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  • The hololens will fail, the FOV is too narrow to be useful. The meta 2 is already better.
    • The hololens will fail, the FOV is too narrow to be useful. The meta 2 is already better.

      Yes, Hololens will fail, but not because of the Meta 2. The Meta 2 gets its processing power from a tethered top of the line desktop computer. Hololens on the other hand is untethered. It has all the processing power it needs inside its helmet. The two devices are not comparable at all.

      That being said, I agree with you. What Microsoft originally bought from ODG for $120 million was a license to their AR technology, it was never meant to double as an immersive VR gaming platform. If Microsoft couldn't acquir

      • by bongey ( 974911 )
        Hololens sacrifices everything to be untethered , and gains nothing.
        So you can use word and excel while riding your bicycle
        Hololens =Small Screen+ Windows Phone+ Intel Mobile CPU/GPU +Small Battery= 3 hours= Winning?
        Meta 2+ Macbook Air + backpack = 12 hours = coding env from heaven
    • As long as the tech allows you to holoport into Tera Patrick's pants or Sunny Leone's bed, which, lets face it, is what 99.9% of VR gear will be used for, who cares?
  • I'll take 500 million of investment money now, thanks. No I don't have to prove anything, saying it does is good enough in today's tech world.

  • it's useful to do that?

  • Front runner? no. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Saturday March 26, 2016 @01:44PM (#51782595)

    >> Microsoft's HoloLens is arguably the front-runner in the nascent, but fast-evolving, augmented reality space.

    No it isn't. It isn't anything other than made-up marketing hype until you can actually buy them.

  • Especially if you are at home and haven't gotten dressed and the call starts in video/holo mode without being asked!

    Rgds

    Damon

  • by Tx ( 96709 ) on Saturday March 26, 2016 @02:06PM (#51782693) Journal

    "Well, if you're the owner of a HoloLens, you soon could do."

    You mean if you're the owner of a HoloLens ... and a bunch of 3D cameras (looked like about eight in the video) ... with hololens tracking systems attached ... and whatever rig is required to do the processing on the outputs from those cameras ...

    So no, if you're the owner of just a HoloLens (even if you could actually buy one yet), you will not be doing this any time soon, not for any definition of "soon" that I recognise.

  • by tnk1 ( 899206 ) on Saturday March 26, 2016 @02:20PM (#51782747)

    Am I the only one who thinks that holograms as communication would be really cool, but haven't quite figured out how talking to the image of someone else is somehow better than just talking to them on the phone. Even with video cameras I can sort of point it at my head so I can be videoconferencing in gym shorts and no one will care. What does someone get out of me standing there?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ColdWetDog ( 752185 )

      What does someone get out of me standing there?

      Body language, emotive expressions, a feel for your interest in conversation. That's why Skype is such a hit. Now, the big question is whether a grainy whole body image of you is better than a moderately high rez image of your face.

      For Carrie Fisher perhaps. For the rest of us, not so much.

  • If you squint hard enough, you can already spot him lurking outside your Windows at night:

    HoloHans(®)

    You see, Microsoft's engineers have finally managed to implement a VR Hans Gruber, and make no mistake, he's there to snatch all of your codes. "I'm going to count to three point eleven, there will not be a four. Give me the code."

    • PS.. I tend to take Hololens videos with a bit of salt (since the attempts at covering up the limited FOV in the first footage) but this looks pretty damn neat for a camera rig that's not too complex, their algorithms seem to handle occlusion and such near-seamlessly.
  • but what about a holophone [youtube.com]?

    Will we be able to use a holophone while holoporting across the globe? Or will having a holo-something inside another holo-something open a hole in the space-time continuum?
  • This freely available visual novel [visionmachine.net] is a must-read, now that corporation-driven virtual reality is becoming real (pun not intended).

  • It will only allow you to view white supremacist meetings.

    Seriously though, where is the need for something like this? Unless you can smack the hologram and the person on the other end can feel it. That might be worth something.

    This doesn't solve any problems at all. Much like everything MS has done since Windows 8. Points for consistency.

  • Since Microsoft has publicly announced they're a big fan of him, will Microsoft use this to show us a virtual Hitler?

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