From Video Calling To Holograms, The (Near) Future Of Telework

We have seen it in dozens of science fiction films: two people communicating through more or less realistic holograms of their interlocutors. Now, that reality may be much closer and your first field of experimentation is teleworking.

The technology company Cisco was the last to announce this Tuesday that it is entering the hologram business. Before, for example, Facebook or Microsoft had already done it.

In its WebexOne customer conference, Cisco presented its Webex Hologram solution , which allows virtual meetings in augmented reality, with the participants represented as photorealistic holograms instead of the usual avatars that we are used to seeing in video games and applications that were beginning to implement this system. Those who have been able to use the service claim that it is “extremely real”

And that’s exactly the goal of Webex Hologram: to evolve remote collaboration from life-long video conferencing , where 2D participants are stacked on a screen, to meetings where it seems like you’re huddling around a screen. table talking to real people, a similar proposal, but that goes a step further, to which Microsoft has already proposed to meet the needs of hybrid work.

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The Cisco experience also includes the ability to walk around a 3D object, point to it, discuss it, and perhaps practice repairing it.

Microsoft has already developed the ability to render a company’s product inside the HoloLens, its augmented reality glasses; Cisco aims to add to the experience that people appear real.

Cisco however claims that it is in a “very early development” phase with its holograms. A half dozen Cisco Webex customers are now testing this new approach. The company will soon expand its beta program to 50 partners and later to 250 customers before making Webex Hologram publicly available.

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