We have already had a look at Augmented Reality and Microsoft HoloLens. Today we are looking at holoportation and its application in tourism. As in VR, development in AR is constant and provides new fields of application. In a recently released video, Microsoft Research is explaining what holoportation is and how it works. 3D cameras surround the subjects and capture high quality 3D models of them and reconstruct, compress and transmit them in real time. The cameras track shapes and movement and stitch the 3D model together in real time. The HoloLens allows the user to interact with the teleported participants in 3D as if they are present at the same time in the same place. The sessions can be recorded and played back, which lets the user experience a live captured memory through another pairs of eyes. As the system also includes audio, this technology might become the new way of communication in the future.
“Imagine being able to virtually teleport from one space to another in real time.”
Will holoportation also find its application in tourism? “Teleport to any place with anyone at any time – this is what holoportation is all about.” The technology of holoportation in combination with HoloLens allows users to interact and communicate as if they are co-present. Will it therefore be possible at one point in the future to accompany friends or family members during their holiday? Or let’s imagine the combination of holoportation with VR. The viewer could put on a HMD and meet the teleported friend in a virtual world.
The video below was published two weeks ago and has already reached more than 2 million views, which clearly gives evidence of the big interest in the development of teleportation. What do you think how technologies like holoportation will change the tourism industry? Share your opinion with us!
Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time with Microsoft HoloLens
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