Google Project Starline is a holographic video conferencing system, and you can’t have it

Google has revealed a sort of behind-the-scenes look at a project they’re working with for video conferencing. This system is currently called Project Starline and works with both high resolution cameras and “custom depth sensors”. Using a revolutionary light-field display, “users will be able to” speak naturally, gesture and make eye contact. ”

Google introduced Project Starline at Google I / O 2021 and made it look like magic. Using 3D sensors, cameras and an advanced, gigantic screen, they made it seem like two people were sitting on opposite sides of a glass barrier. It looked amazing.

This system requires “several gigabits per second” to wrap imagery around a 3D model, captured at one end of the system and delivered to the other. It’s as if both sides of the conversation are captured with a 3D scan, over and over again, very quickly, and shown to the person on the other end of the conversation almost instantly.

This should make holographic conferencing availability much more realistic for the masses if ever Google gets everything to a point where it won’t be too expensive. It’s the same sort of thing we used to say about VR headsets – and look where we are now!

Google currently uses this videoconferencing system in its own offices. It is not yet “licensed under FCC Rules” and no sale of this device or system of devices is yet available for sale to the public.

Michael P. Boser