Google has plans to take their 3D video call booths into the next stage of testing, with hopes that one day businesses will host holographic versions of employees for virtual communication.
Known as Project Starline, Google developers have created and are still working on technology that implements 3D imaging, artificial intelligence, software, and numerous other aspects.
To create the holograms, an assortment of technology including high-resolution cameras, custom depth sensors and light field display are being experimented with to ensure that the hologram is as life-like as possible.
Currently the technology company has introduced it to several of their offices but hopes are that they can start expanding into other businesses.
“Imagine looking through a sort of magic window, and through that window, you see another person, life-size and in three dimensions. You can talk naturally, gesture and make eye contact,” Google said of Project Starline.
The technology would be another way of virtual communication for employees and later on friends and families.
“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,” Google said in the announcement.
Project Starline will be introduced to companies in the US such as Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile and Hackensack Meridian Health, after several years of development at Google.
It’s expected these trials will begin sometime later this year with the companies also encouraged to provide feedback on the user experience.
“We’re really excited about the progress we’re making with Project Starline, and the technology’s potential to solve the important problem of wanting to be together with someone even when you physically can’t,” said Google.
“We look forward to sharing more later this year.”