Ultimately, M$ is working with spanking new hardware and software with a view to supporting holographic calls, that would yield – in Microsoft’s words – a “body-double” right before your very eyes. Remember Princess Leia left some futuristic voicemail for Ben Kenobi? Yeah, kinda like that.
A job listing, spotted by the eagle-eyed chaps at Neowin, suggests Microsoft is looking to build on its Viewport project, first announced last year.
Viewport, in a nutshell, proposed – or proposes – the use of a series of cameras and projectors to “reconstruct a 3D representation in real-time”.
The aforementioned job listing reveals: “In the short term, we are developing the hardware and software necessary to have a realistic physical ‘body-double’ or proxy in a remote meeting – one that gives the remote worker a true seat at the table, the ability to look around the room, turn to a colleague and have a side conversation.”
The focus appears to be on the enterprise market for starters, though Microsoft adds: “Longer-term, this same platform will enable high-definition communication scenarios for consumers over Skype.”
Interesting stuff. Imagine your other half was away on business and you could show him/her a 3D projection of your, uhm, leg. Awesome stuff.