Google has been working to bring people who live far from each other closer together with the help of video conferencing. As a result, we have seen the Mountain View giant add more and more features to its Google Meet video conferencing platform. However, at its recent Google I / O 2021 event, the company introduced Project Starline, which aims to take your video conferencing experience to the next level with the help of 3D holograms.
Starline Project: Future of Video Conferencing?
Google demoed the technology in its I / O keynote recently and shared an official blog post detailing Project Starline. While the software giant has created several revolutionary products to connect people, there is no advanced technology that allows people who live far from each other to sit face to face and chat as if they were in the same room.
Google has developed Project Starline to solve this same problem. It is a technology that uses numerous depth sensors and cameras to turn a user into a 3D hologram. In this way, Starline creates the illusion that she is having a conversation with a friend, colleague, or family member in the same room, even though the other person could be living thousands of miles apart.
Therefore, Project Starline takes advantage of custom-built booths that create 3D models of humans and projects them through a pane of glass. The product also adds some additional effects to 3D models to improve lighting and shadows. It is broadcast over the standard WebRTC infrastructure, which is the same open source infrastructure that Google Meet supports.
According to a report for Cabling Reporter Lauren Goode, who was able to test the technology in person, the illusion of 3D volume fades if you move a few inches to the side during a Project Starline video conference. Therefore, you must be at the sweet spot to experience the 3D hologram of the person on the other side. You can see a demo of Google’s Project Starline right here:
Now aside from the demo video and blog post on the technology, there is no word on whether Google will release the technology to the general public and business users or not. The company is currently conducting trials with companies and media customers to optimize hardware for future releases.