Google previews 3D videoconferencing of the future

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Google presents Starline, a videoconferencing project that makes it feel like you're there, together.

One of the most spectacular announcements from day one at the Google I/O conference took the form of a revolutionary videoconferencing technology called Project Starline. This seeks to bring together virtually -- in three dimensions -- families, friends or colleagues, as if together in the same room, even when they're miles apart.

Google's idea is to develop technology that gives people the feeling of being together, in the flesh, in an experience that's far removed from the impersonal coldness of the usual videoconferencing software. Project Starline takes the form of a "magic window" in which a person appears in three dimensions. In fact, the person appears in front of you as if they're really in the room. To achieve this, Google notably developed an unprecedented "light field display" system, creating an impression of volume and depth that can be enjoyed with no need for a special headset or glasses.

Google is currently testing out Starline in its offices, with a setup that's nevertheless cumbersome and costly. Now, the aim is to develop a more affordable solution, mainly for companies and organizations. Demos are currently being held with various partners in fields like healthcare and media.

In addition to Project Starline, the first day of the Google I/O conference saw the firm present a new interface for Android 12, as well as upcoming functionality for Google Maps and Photos. Plus, Google presented a new conversation technology called LaMDA, allowing natural interaction with a chatbot, as if chatting to a person.

Find out about Google's Project Starline in this video: youtu.be/Q13CishCKXY

David Bénard