Microsoft planning holographic calls, enterprise first – then Skype?

Microsoft planning holographic calls, enterprise first – then Skype?Forget Google Glass and the iWatch, man; Microsoft is planning some real futuristic action right here.

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.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2013 at 22:11

Not gonna happen.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 29, 2013 at 22:37

Not gonna happen.
Unfortunately, I feel you're right. If it does happen, it'll be crap and absolutely nothing like it is in Star Wars :(.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2013 at 23:04

It will be crap if it happens - big if.
The technical problems aside: you know how a significant chunk of the population cannot handle 3D, right?! Full, holographic "3D" is 3D on steroids.Quite a few neurologists and psychyatrists have warned for decades that a LOT of humans will actually not be able to 'handle' holograms... And they don't mean a slight hangover-ish queasiness; they mean serious problems of all kinds.
And no, watching a finetuned Tupac v2.0 from a distance is a different thing altogether.

Stelph  May. 1, 2013 at 10:32

Considering companies are struggling to produce a small, inexpensive projector that has enough Lumens to work in anything other than pitch dark I agree, I doubt this would work. Or if it did it would cost a bomb

JanSt / MOD  May. 1, 2013 at 10:35

Considering companies are struggling to produce a small, inexpensive projector that has enough Lumens to work in anything other than pitch dark I agree, I doubt this would work. Or if it did it would cost a bomb

Exactly. It'll be feasible only for too-big-too-fail behemoths... and DARPA will beat M$ to the launch....

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