Holographic phone calls: European mobile phone providers are joining forces

Several mobile phone providers in Europe are joining forces to make hologram telephony, as we currently know it mainly from science fiction films, socially acceptable. They are there Deutsche TelekomOrange, Telefónica and Vodafone. You have yourself there according to the press release together because holographic telephony only makes sense if every customer can use it across networks.

Although hologram communication is already technically possible today, the effort and costs involved in production are so high that it is rarely used, according to Vodafone. You want to change that in cooperation with the software company Matsuko. The aim is to make hologram communication suitable for the mass market. Hologram telephony should work without a stage or expensive technology, but with any standard smartphone and VR glasses.

The selfie camera on the smartphone films the face. The caller sees the caller as a digital hologram in their VR glasses. The 3D effect is provided by AI technology, which e.g. B. Added the caller’s ears and back of the head, as well as a 3D rendering engine. The computing power required for this is shifted to the cloud via edge computing and, together with 5G, enables these 3D images to be created and transmitted in real time.

Let’s see how quickly progress will be made in development. Sounds like an exciting thing, but I doubt it will reach that many people in practice if VR glasses are still needed.

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