European telecom operators Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have formed an alliance with Matsuko, a developer of holographic communication technologies, to launch a mobile video calling service in hologram format.
Last year, Cisco introduced Webex hologram technology, which enables video communication with three-dimensional images of video conference participants – it requires augmented reality glasses to work. Matsuko plans to develop a mobile version of this solution, and telecom operators are striving to make holographic video communication as easy as regular voice calls.
Matsuko proposed a technology that can be implemented as an application for Android, iOS or Windows. With the help of operators, a platform is being created that combines the real and virtual worlds in mobile networks: the image from a conventional 2D camera is converted into a 3D hologram in the cloud, which is transmitted to users as a video of a virtual , augmented or mixed reality object. 5G networks and powerful mobile devices will ensure stable and smooth operation of holographic video communications.
Each participant’s hologram is created based on data from the smartphone’s front camera, and then transmitted in real time to other participants in the communication session, on whose devices it is drawn locally using the 3D rendering mechanism. The image can also be overlaid on the real background using a VR/AR headset. At the first stage of testing, the system proved its efficiency, and now operators are trying to ensure stable quality of communication. It is assumed that the service will be in demand by both consumers and corporate customers.