Google tests out 3D video chatting tech

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May 19, 2021, 1:13 AM UTC

The 3D video chatting tech will be tested with business partners later this year, particularly in the health care and media industries.

Google recently announced the development of a next-generation video chat booth dubbed “Project Starline”, which will enable users to see the person they are conversing with, in 3D. The platform uses multiple cameras and sensors to capture a person's appearance and shape from various viewpoints.

Users can view from different angles, move around, and make eye contact. In its preview, Google’s Starline was used for person-to-person calls only and both sides had specialised tech. The platform has an entire booth, with lights, cameras, and a bench to sit on.

According to Google, “custom-built hardware and highly specialised equipment”, is used on the platform. The 3D video chatting booth is currently only available in a “few” of Google’s offices.

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