Holoportation – The New Magic Trick in Science


From ages past, science has continued to defy all odds in achieving the impossible. From the invention of the aeroplane to 3D printing, it seems as though the impossibilities of the past and present become the futures normal. Thanks to the amazing power that advancements in science and technology have in making people’s lives better.

One of the hot debates of today’s tech world borders on the possibility or otherwise of teleportation, which is the theoretical transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them. In a layman’s terms, imagine arriving in a different city anywhere in the world within split seconds and without having to board an aeroplane or any other form of transportation. Sounds scary right? Not really, as the Quantum Physics has explained that everything in the universe is made up of energy in varying forms and states; and basic Physics has demonstrated that matter can be converted to energy and vice versa.

Even though teleportation is still the stuff of science fiction today, the technology has made a giant leap towards its realization with the invention of the next big thing is this arena – HOLOPORTATION.

Holoportation is a very recent technological development which has been brewing in the labs of Microsoft where creativity and intelligence are available in massive amounts. It is a type of 3D capture technology which hasn’t existed before. Holoportation allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed and transmitted anywhere around the world in real time.

The technology puts HoloLens to use which is the company’s augmented reality headset so that users can see, hear and interact with participants who may be located at another part of the world. The goal here is to make the entire process as natural as possible so that the users feel like they are seeing and interacting with the person in reality.

The Interactive 3D Technology Team at Microsoft Research has created this technology. In addition to the HoloLens, a special camera rig is also required to transmit the hologram of the person making it possible for you to feel that the person is actually present in the room. It goes without saying, that you will not have the sense of smell of physical touch when you are holoported but I do not hear a lot of people complaining about it so far.

The HoloLens technology will recreate the hologram of the person in the middle of your field of view which means that it may look like the person is floating or standing inside your couch. The fact that technology has taken us so far only gives me reason to believe that we are not far from the time when such minuscule things may be taken care of too.


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