According to Google, testing of Project Starline, which consists of 3D video call booths where you may speak with holographic versions of your friends, family, and coworkers, is being expanded.
The business plans to install the booths in the offices of some of its corporate partners, including Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health, after testing them out in its own workplaces for the past year.
With the help of Google’s Project Starline, holographic, lifelike versions of your friends, family, and coworkers will be accessible through 3D video call booths.
The technology is already advanced enough to make it seem like the person you’re talking to is right there in the room with you, even if they’re on the other side of the world, according to Google, which says it will start installing prototypes before the end of the year.
According to the company’s announcement from last week, it’s “a magic window, where users can talk, gesture, and make eye contact with another person, life-size and in three dimensions.”
According to Google, the technology integrates computer vision, spatial audio, machine learning, and light-field display systems. It makes use of a number of high-resolution cameras and specialized depth sensors to accurately record a person’s shape and movements so that a 3D representation of them may be recreated for a distance discussion.
Google has not yet made clear what it intends to do with the technology in the long run, including whether it intends to offer 3D video booths to businesses or individuals alike. The booths at offices might be ideal for meetings with distant employees, job candidates, or international business clients.
Project Starline is a response to the rise in hybrid work arrangements, where firms are increasingly allowing employees the freedom to spend their time between working at home and in the office as a result of pandemic accommodations, according to Google.
“As we build the future of hybrid work together with our enterprise partners, we look forward to seeing how Project Starline can help employees form strong ties with one another, doctors form meaningful bonds with their patients, and salespeople make deeper connections with their clients and customers,” the company said in its announcement.
Other IT firms are also promoting tools that are designed to guide employees and businesses through hybrid or entirely remote work.