California [US], May 19 (ANI): Technical giant Google is working on a next-generation video chat stand that makes the person a user is chatting with appear in front of them in 3D. The system is called “Project Starline,” which is a sleek video chat setup.
According to The Verge, the other person can be seen from different angles moving and even making eye contact, Google said during a preview of the project at Wednesday’s I / O conference.
The “Starline Project” uses various cameras and sensors to capture a person’s appearance and shape from different perspectives. It then joins them all in a 3D model that is broadcast in real time to whoever is chatting.
As reported by The Verge, in the Google preview, Starline was used for person-to-person calls (not for group chats) and both parties seemed to use specialized technology to make everything work.
In a demonstration video, people using the technology describe seeing people as if they were together in the same room. One person says “it’s like he’s right in front of me.”
Right now the system is great. It looks like an entire stand, with lights, cameras and a bench to sit on. Google says it relies on “custom hardware and highly specialized equipment.” The Verge cited a 4Wired report claiming that the stand contains more than a dozen different depth sensors and a 65-inch “light field screen” to make people appear in 3D. Light field technology has appeared in some promising applications over the last decade, but it has yet to be achieved as a way to present people clearly in 3D.
Currently, the video chat booth is only available at “some” of Google’s offices and plans to test the technology with business partners later this year. (ANI)