What is Holoportation™?

Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face-to-face communication.

This video was captured using the new Holoportation system that utilizes Azure Kinects for depth + RGB capture. We have found that the Azure Kinects provide some of the highest quality depth data of any RGB+D sensor on the market.

Holoportation™ goes mobile

We are pleased to share an update on our research in 3D capture and algorithms. We took the technology out of the studio and into a car – making Holoportation truly mobile. To accomplish this, we reduced the bandwidth requirements by 97%, while still maintaining quality. This new mobile Holoportation system greatly increases the potential applications of real-time 3D capture and transmission.

image of a person in the backseat of a vehicle waving
image of Holoportation equipment in the back of a vehicle
Two people using Holoportation across a desk in an atrium

Holoportation in telemedicine

Our team has been working with surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland to create a 3D telemedicine system using Holoportation technology.  Check out our latest work here.

Holoportation in Microsoft Mesh

Holoportation technology has been incorporated into Microsoft Mesh.  Find more information about realistic avatars on the Mesh website.