TeleHuman device provides Star Trek-like 3D holographic
System uses Microsoft's Kinect sensors, off-the-shelf
hardware to achieve cutting edge technology
By Jeffrey Bausch
May 9, 2012
A group of researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen's
University (Ontario) have created a life-sized hologram-
like telepod using Microsoft's Kinect system and a
cylindrical display for live, 3D videoconferencing.
The Human Media Lab has come up with a unique way to
create a 3D holographic videoconferencing system.
They refer to the technology as "TeleHuman": it allows
two people to stand in front of their own separate pods
and talk to 3D hologram images of one other.
How'd they do it?
The group was able to accomplish this trick using six
Kinect sensors mounted at the top of both displays. The
sensors are responsible for capturing and tracking 3D
video of the individual and converting it into a life-
size image on the opposite end of the call.
The 3D image that gets displayed is 360 around the pod.
This means that the person on the other line can walk
around the entire pod and see the caller's side and back.
"Why Skype when you can talk to a life-size 3D
holographic image of another person?" asks Professor Roel
Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab.
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