While Meta tries to persuade consumers to put on its VR headsets and enter the metaverse, Google is experimenting with a different type of distorted reality: its Project Starline holographic video chat project.
Project Starline, which was announced last year, is a video-calling booth that uses 3D imagery, high-resolution cameras, custom depth sensor sensors, and a groundbreaking light field display to create a lifelike experience for callers on both sides of the screen — all without the use of a headset.
Google is now expanding its real-world testing with an early access programme that will see Starline used in the offices of various enterprise partners such as Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health.
Google stated that it will begin installing Project Starline prototypes in select partner offices for regular testing later this year.
Until now, the 3D calling booths could be found in Google’s offices in the United States, where employees could test them for meetings, employee onboarding sessions, and other purposes.
In addition, the company invited over 100 enterprise partners from industries such as media, healthcare, and retail to demo the technology in its offices and provide feedback on the experience.
With the introduction of the new early access programme, those partners will be able to test the calling booths in their own offices, providing Google with valuable feedback and insights into how such a technology would be used in the real world and what challenges it might face.
Those who have had the opportunity to test Project Starline have described it as incredibly realistic and an impressive technology, even in its early stages.
There also a video available to show how actually this technology brings people together. video is down below:
Furthermore, the long-term status of Project Starline at Google is unknown, as the project was wrapped up in a reorg a year ago that saw Google relocating its various AR and VR technologies, as well as its internal R&D group known as Area 120, into a new “Labs” team.
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