Google has developed a next-generation video chat booth that makes the person you chat with appear in front of you in 3D, so that the future of immersive video chatting does not require glasses.
Google demonstrated Project Starline, which uses a combination of specialized hardware and computer vision technology to create a 3D mockup of the person you’re chatting with that makes them appear as if they are sitting in front of you.
And theShe said Google during a project preview: You can see it from different angles, through navigation, and even eye contact.
She added: We are applying research in computer vision, machine learning, spatial sound and real-time pressure to make this experiment possible, and we have developed a system to display the light field that creates a sense of size and depth that can be experienced without the need for head glasses.
Project Starline uses multiple cameras and sensors to capture a person’s look and feel from different perspectives.
The platform integrates this information together into a 3D model that broadcasts in real time to those who are talking to it.
In Google’s preview, Project Starline has been used for personal calls (not group chats), and it appears that both sides are using specialized technology so that it can all work.
In an explanatory video, people using technology describe seeing people as if they were in the same room together.
The system is currently large and appears to be a complete booth, complete with lights, cameras and a seat bench.
Google says: It relies on specially designed devices and highly specialized equipment, as the booth contains more than ten different depth sensors and a 65-inch light field screen to make people appear in a three-dimensional image.
Light field technology has featured some promising applications over the past decade, but it has not yet spread as a way to present people clearly in 3D.
The video chat booth is currently only available in a few Google offices, and the company has spent thousands of hours testing the technology among its employees.
The company plans to test the technology with business partners later in the year. Google stated that healthcare and media were two industries that it was seeking comment from.
After a year of continued reliance on video chat – and with companies planning ahead as they rely on video chatting more than ever before – the promise of more realistic calling is exciting.
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