Virtual Reality is being hailed as the future of visual interaction. Whether it be movies, games or even porn, we can find new virtual content popping up everywhere we look.
But, despite all the promise they bring, virtual interactions have always been one sided, with noone to interact back with us when we put on our headsets, until now.
To make virtual reality truly an interactive experience, Microsoft’s Research Division has developed a new kind of 3D video capture system, which allows you to create a 3D Rendering of yourself, which is then virtually transported anywhere in real-time.
This technology is called Holoportation. It uses a series of 3D video cameras that capture images of a person from all angles. These images are then processed through a special software, which stitches them together to create a 3D model of the person.
To interact with someone, both the person being rendered, and the person who receives the rendering have to wear augmented reality headsets like the Microsoft’s HoloLens.
When connected, both participants would see a realistic hologram of the other person, which they can interact with via headphones and microphones. If live talks are not possible, then the hologram can also be recorded and played back, whenever we want.
This system uses a lot of existing technology, with some really amazing tweaks to create a whole new level of interpersonal interactions in the virtual space. All we can say is, that, we can’t wait for this technology to become commercially available for use.