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European mobile operators join forces



European mobile operators join forces

Several mobile operators in Europe are joining forces to make holographic telephony, as we currently know it mainly thanks to science fiction films, socially acceptable. Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone will be present. According to the press release, they joined forces because holographic telephony only makes sense if every customer can use it on the 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. Want to change this in cooperation with the software company Matsuko. The goal is to make holographic communication suitable for the mass market. Holographic telephony should work without a scene or expensive technology, but with any standard smartphone and VR glasses.

The smartphone’s selfie camera 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 caller ears and back of head, and 3D renderer. The computing power required for this is transferred to the cloud via edge computing and, combined with 5G, makes it possible to create and transmit these 3D images 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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