The video calls of the future: using holograms, this is Google’s ‘Project Starline’

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People love being together, sharing, collaborating, and connecting. And this past year, with limited travel and increased telecommuting, being together has never been more important. Over the years, Google has created products to try and help people feel more connected. They have managed to simplify applications such as email with Gmail, and have made it easier to share and store in Google Photos, in addition to being more productive with Google Meet. However, there is one thing that has not yet been achieved and that Google is after it, and that is to get a communication tool with which you can sit down and talk face to face. Video calls of the future: holograms, this is Google’s ‘Project Starline’ To solve this challenge, Google has been working on Project Starline for several years, a technological project that combines advances in hardware and software so that friends, families and co-workers can sit together, even if they are cities (or countries) apart. “Imagine that you are looking through a kind of magic window and that, through it, you see another person, life-size and in three dimensions. You can speak naturally, gesture and make eye contact.” To make this experience possible, they say they are applying research in computer vision, machine learning, spatial audio, and real-time compression. They also have an innovative system under development for the visualization of light fields, this creates a sensation of volume and depth that can be experienced without the need for additional glasses or headphones. The effect is like having the feeling that a person is sitting right in front of you, as if they were right there. The Starline project is currently only available in some of their offices and is based on custom built hardware and highly specialized equipment. Over time, the brand’s goal is to make this technology more affordable and accessible, including incorporating some of these technical advancements into our range of communication products. The potential that this technology can have is insurmountable, it could help solve the important problem of wanting to be with someone even if it is not physically possible. From Google they promise to keep users aware of this new technology that they assure that they will be able to share more information at the end of this year.