German telecom provider Deutsche Telekom is developing holographic technology to “merge virtual and reality”.
The technology will create 3D rendered images from smartphones
Along with Orange, Telefonica, Vodafone and Slovakian deep tech company MATSUKO, Deutsche Telekom is developing holographic technology to make “holographic calls as easy as making a simple phone call,” Vodafone said in a press release last week.
Sven von Aschwege, Head of Global Equipment Partnerships at Deutsche Telekom, said that since “[holographic calls] It only really makes sense to work with everyone, not just with the company’s customers. “The hologram will be created using a 5G internet connection and a smartphone selfie camera, and will create a 2D image, which will then be rendered as a real-time 3D picture.
If the news makes you feel like you’re living in the future, a quick glance at MATSUKO’s website will bring you back to reality. In a promotional video showing how companies see their technology shaping the future of work life, a businesswoman’s head and shoulders (three times the size of her real head) are wobbly projected on the other side of a conference room. Her colleague stood at arm’s length projecting images with a smartphone.
If anything, the technology appears to have deteriorated since 2012, when the Coachella crowd was wowed by a hologram of the late rapper Tupac appearing on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre . Maybe Matsuko should invite Tupac to a business meeting.
When will Telekom hologram technology be available?
It’s hard to say. The group of communications companies announced that the first phase of the collaboration has been completed and they will “continue to improve the underlying technology, with a focus on quality of service”. The group is also now developing the possibility of “broadcast-quality” holograms, which would allow people to watch events and conversations as if they were in person, a technique known as “one-to-many” holograms. “One-on-one” technology is also developing further, which may see interactions like job interviews enter the Metaverse.
Talking about his personal excitement about the new technological possibilities that everyday holograms will bring, von Aschweig said: “Calling is like the person I’m talking to is standing in front of me, it’s an approaching A realistic dream.”