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More HoloLens real-time chat, or 'Holoportation', shown in new video

This week, Microsoft finally showed that real-time chat feature for its HoloLens augmented reality headset in action with the posting of the recent TED Talk HoloLens demo video. Now the company is showing off more of that chat feature, which Microsoft calls, for some reason, "Holoportation".

As shown in a video on the HoloLens YouTube channel, a new 3D video capture system was created for this system. It can take images from all sides of a person and then a computer can create a full 3D model of that human who can appear to be walking inside a real space. Another person wearing the HoloLens headset can then see that 3D model, and the video shows what it looks like through the HoloLens' field of view.

Not only can "Holoportation" handle real-time chats with the HoloLens, but Microsoft's setup can also record chats as well. A person who wears the headset can go back and view a previous virtual chat between that person and someone else, and that person can see both him or herself and the person they are talking to at the same time. The image can also be decreased so the chat can be viewed on a small table.

Of course, this kind of technology is likely to be years away from being made available for anyone to use, but it certainly could have applications for businesses who want to have virtual conference rooms and presentations.

51 Comments
  • This is just insane..can't wait to be involved with the teleportating with someone 
  • You'd be Holoporting... Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • yeah..I was just saying
  • It raining innovation in Seattle!! Meanwhile, drought continues in Cupertino with no end in sight......
  • Ha ha..I like ithat
  • It's not quite teleportation but, gaps are closing
  • What? Are you crazy? Haven't you seen this totally new revolutionary iPhone, with smaller screen, slower processor and less memory? Mind blowing!
  • I was the first to use it Posted from Windows Central for Hololens
  • The "Actual footage shot through hololens" seems a bit misleading, since the view harldy changes when he looks down at the floor. Other than that, this is a really cool video!
  • This is on primitive stage. Developers are engaging gradually. So things will be improved
  • Frickin' Star Wars, yeah :) Minimize other party on your palm -> Clone Wars series.
  • Now that Star Trek. Holodeck is coming soon.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So cool... ~ Sent from my Lumia 730
  • Ikr that is the best thing I have ever seen! I hope that I would be able to buy it. Sent from Lumia 550, HTC Desire 816 or Dell Inspiron 5122
  • out of this world!!! great job MS.. hope they would make it cheap enough and more useful in future.!! :)
  • Video is not in the official HoloLens channel, btw. This is in the channel description: "This channel is not affiliated with Microsoft in any way."
  • The pron biz will capitalize on this too lol Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Incredible. This reminds me a lot of Heavy Rain. Will be incredible if the Hololens reach eye glasses in size and weight.
  • This is called creativity, I bet android amd ios are left behind in this technology Sent from windows 10 mobile
  • I'll bet when Apple introduces its version in 2019, the press will fawn all over it and give Apple credit for inventing such a wonderful amazing thing. "Microsoft's early HoloLens lacked copy/paste."
  • Facetime (cute name) vs Skype again!
  • "Facetime", like most of Apple's products, has an incredibly dumb name.
  • But, but, but, Apple has an iP'o'd Pro Mini now! /s
    And they presented it with a Power Point presentation!
    What a joke is the fruit!
  • It's way crazy when u think about
  • Looks like I need to buy a lot of cameras
  • Businesses' meetings!
  • Echo located nearby. Echo available for playback.
  • Exactly!
  • You must have been playing the division recently :D
  • I read that in ISAC's voice! If someone else doesn't build an ECHO thing, I friggin' will.
  • But, both partys would need to wear one to see each isn't it??
     
  • Yes
  • But  babies do not get one though!
  • yes, no doubt they'd be able to edit them out though
  • ok so looks nice.
  • Couldn't you just use a few Kinects for the 3D captue instead?
  • There might also be depth sensing cameras involved Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It looks like that, because they appear to have three lenses each.
  • Although, didn't think about it before I posted, pretty sure the connect also has an infrared camera in it, and think that those are sometimes used for depth sensing. Who knows. Fancy cameras are fancy, and it's probably easier for the team to build their own stuff for testing.
  • The Xbox One Kinect does have 3 sensors though. It has the optical sensor, the infrared sensor, and a 3D depth sensor. There's been demos shown with the Kinect generating a 3D scan of you and your room. I guess building their own sensors would be fine, but they should really try to use Kinect more with the HoloLens if they want to promote the capabilities of Kinect more and possibly drive sales in the future since the Xbox One probably isn't going to help sell many more Kinect sensors at this point.
  • Waiting for the build now to know more exciting things.
  • Go Microsoft!
  • Finally the Empire has the communication system it has been waiting for.
  • Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
  • This is going to get real cool real fast.
  • It's going to get real cool Soon™. :)
  • Funny
  • This may revolutionize porn and prostitution. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I didn't think the prostitution angle but the porn thing did occur to me.  lol. It could put a real dent in the snap chat user base now that I think of it...from that angle MBA.
  • Looks like cybersex is gonna be more fun!
  • Imagine using this tech for security footage. Being able to see what happened in the past as if you were actually there! Pretty cool tech!