Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone are teaming up with a start-up to try their hand at “holographic communication”.
A step towards a future of science fiction. The four major European operators announced on Wednesday that they are partnering with the specialized start-up Matsuko to integrate “holograms” into video communications. The objective is clearly stated: to create the first “European holographic communication platform” thanks to 5G.
For this, it will of course be necessary to rely on the capacity of 5G connectivity, namely its high speed, wide bandwidth and low latency in order to overcome part of the challenge of creating realistic 3D images. The idea is ultimately to allow a user equipped with a 5G smartphone to film themselves with the camera and to appear to their interlocutors in a high definition 3D hologram. This reconstruction will be executed in edge computing servers.
“The front camera of the smartphone captures a three-dimensional holographic image in real time which is then broadcast and processed by a very high-tech 3D rendering algorithm. The constituted hologram offers an immersive experience thanks to its projection in a virtual environment or superimposed on the real environment, through augmented reality glasses or virtual reality headsets ”explain the companies in a press release.
A first phase of collaboration between the operators and the start-up has already taken place and they intend to improve the technology by focusing on the needs in terms of quality of service. The possibilities offered by mobility in 5G are examined, such as ” organize virtual events or presentations with breathtaking realism. Future applications could include face-to-face or small group interactions to improve communication for consumer or enterprise customers“.
“The results are encouraging thanks to 5G and edge computing. Network issues that once hindered the smoothness and naturalness of holographic experiences have been resolved. In addition, MATSUKO’s platform guarantees a high-quality immersive final experience with advanced resolutions in terms of colors and shapes, resulting in increased realism on smartphones or any other mobile device supporting augmented reality, without having to use virtual reality headset” explain the actors behind the initiative.
If 5G continues to be deployed in France, one of the recurring criticisms is the lack of new uses brought beyond the pure performance of the mobile network. This initiative can thus show, if it results in a marketed solution, a highlighting of the usefulness of the new generation of mobile telephony.
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Orange joins forces with three major European operators for an innovative use of 5G
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