Google Starline project

The 3D videoconferencing booths of the ‘Starline Project’ of Google, already installed in some of its offices, create a life-size hologram, thanks to the cameras and sensors distributed by the screen of 62″, with spatial audio and information transmission.

Holographic technology as a basis for the future in videoconferencing has become an R&D challenge for multinationals that offer videoconferencing and collaboration platforms (culm, Microsoft), to which are added other proposals, such as that of ArthMedia, Portl Hologram, or the most recent of Newtonlab Space in the MWC 2021 in Barcelona, for application in offices, Events, television, medical training, Etc.

“Over the years, we've created products to help people feel more connected; simplified email with Gmail and we make it easy to share what matters with Photos and be more productive with Meet. But while there has been progress in these and other communication tools, están muy lejos de las de sentarse y hablar cara a cara”, explain from Google.

Google Starline project

To solve this challenge, “hemos estado trabajando durante algunos años en Starline, a technology project that combines advances in hardware and software to enable coworkers, friends, Etc. sit together, incluso cuando son ciudades o países separados”.

One of the most advanced developments is the one presented just a month ago by Google with its Starline Project: one videoconferencing booth with volumetric video capture with a screen of 65 screen light field″ and spatial audio, which allows you to see the partner in 3D in life size.

Imagina mirar a través de una especie de ventana mágica y, through it, seeing someone else, life-size and in three dimensions -described from Google-. You can speak naturally, hacer gestos y contacto visual”.

As they add from the multinational (watch attached video), have been working on Project Starline for several years and in evolution: “estamos aplicando tecnologías avanzadas de visualización en pantalla, of machine learning, audio espacial y compresión de datos e información para su envío en tiempo real”.

One of the biggest advances in this development has been the light field display system, “con el que hemos creado una experiencia de volumen y profundidad 3D, without having to wear additional glasses or headphones. The effect is the feeling of a person in life size, as if you were in the same room, y con la que al iniciar una conversación te olvidas si es una holografía real y de toda la tecnología”.

All information is transmitted via WebRTC, that while it uses the same open source architecture of Google Meet, integrates advanced compression technology for 3D video transmission without latency and bidirectionally.

Google, which presented this advance during its annual developer conference, it has already installed these cabins in some of its offices as a pilot project.

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by • 5 jul, 2021
• section: business, Telepresence / videoconference