If Tupac can do it, why can’t you? Researchers at Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Ontario have developed technology that allows users to talk to 3D holograms as if they were in the same room.
This innovation could revolutionize the way business meetings are handled, and change the entire communications landscape. There are also numerous potential medical applications, and you can be sure that the adult entertainment industry will find some use for this particular advancement.
The TeleHuman is “a life-size, cylindrical, telepresence pod,” fitted with a collection of six Microsoft Kinect devices. The Kinects record a 360-degree map of an individual, and—in a move straight out of the annals of science fiction—that live image is projected remotely into the tube. You’ll be able to have a conversation with someone like you were standing in front of them. Sci-fi has been predicting this tech for ages, but I can’t help thinking the ultimate endgame is having to wear pants when making phone calls. At least this will put the kibosh on friends calling friends from the toilet.
The other immediate use envisioned for this invention is called BodiPod. A “3D anatomical model browser,” this application allows users to peel off layers and explore a 3D model of a body through a series of gestures and voice commands. You can select specific body parts for closer inspection, increasing their size and manipulating their position.
The whole aim behind the TeleHuman is to provide users with a more immersive experience, and the potential applications seem mind-boggling and practically endless. This is truly an innovation close to the heart of science fiction, now if they can only deliver that hover car we’ve all been waiting for.