At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, the company’s Alex Kipman unveiled a new hologram-based mixed-reality communication platform called Microsoft Mesh. This new blend of technology is potentially game changing. It will allow people in different physical locations to join a shared virtual environment. Using 3D capture technology a process Microsoft call “holoportation” . This will create a live hologram of each person delivered to remotely to a recipient. In this virtual world people will connect using avatars. This technology is harnessed by using VR devices such as Microsoft HoloLens, mixed reality googles but now also smartphones and PCs. What is interesting is the real time application potential, to connect across all aspects of our world such as health, commercial and social interaction. In this world where we are learning to cope with lockdowns and restrictions on movement then this may help us to connect to the next virtual level.
The Ignite announcement was accompanied by the launch of two apps: the Microsoft Mesh app for HoloLens is available now, and allows people to gather in a shared space. There is also a business-focused version called AltspaceVR, built with the kind of security and scheduling features that companies require.
The gaming industry will no doubt encompass this platform as becomes more and more affordable.
Alex Kipman mentioned “You can actually feel like you’re in the same place with someone sharing content or you can teleport from different mixed reality devices and be present with people even when you’re not physically together.”
The technology will run across the cloud platform Azure.
Anyone else thinking about “Ready Player One”.
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