Remember the scene in Avengers Infinity War where Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Vision, and Wanda meet Jim Rhodes (aka War Machine) and Secretary Jim Ross and Cap delivered his iconic line “I am not looking for forgiveness and I m way past asking for permission…”?
If you do recall that scene, you will know that Cap was talking to the holographic image of Secretary Ross.
Let s jog your memory a few years back (assuming you are a Marvels fan) … Do you remember the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in which a key member of S.H.I.E.L.D carried on a holographic meeting with the World Security Council?
The idea of holographic call is not just limited to Captain America flicks. Rather there are numerous science fiction Hollywood movies, such as Star Wars, which depicts the future alternative of the conference and video calls, and that is the holographic call.
In a holographic call, the participants from different locations can be seen interacting via a three-dimensional, projected image, which gives a feeling that all participants are under one roof and are communicating face-to-face.
It is not very far from now when holographic technology in communication becomes the norm and everyday future reality, instead of being just an outlandish idea milked by Hollywood sci-fi scriptwriters.
History was made on April 6, 2017, Verizon and Korean Telecom carried out the first live hologram international call in the world over their trial 5G networks. In the call, an employee of Korean Telecom in Seoul used a monitor in the company s headquarters to communicate with a live hologram of a Verizon employee in New Jersey.
Even though the hologram call was limited to a three-dimensional image on a monitor instead of the projected hologram images shown in Avengers or Star-Wars, the works for holographic calls are in full swing to make the three-dimensional, projected image holographic call a reality in the near future.
Hologram calls will require the launch of the 5G network technology in a full-fledged manner though, as the networks are 10-100 times faster compared to the extant networks and they are the sole networks that can be utilized to make hologram calls. The initial launch of 5G networks is expected to happen in 2020, however, there has to be a fixed standard before that happens.
On November 21, 2018, the first Irish international holographic call was held between Ireland and Vodafone s German Innovation Centre using 5G technology. Vodafone Ireland stated that Ireland s maiden international holographic call stands as a testament to the various prospects that 5G networks hold for a wide range of sectors.
There are many startups working relentlessly to make holographic meeting a reality in the near future, one of them is Spatial – an augmented reality conference room app that launched to the public in October 2018.
The Spatial app aims to take virtual working to an altogether new level by enabling the remote workers to communicate with each other simply by wearing a virtual reality headset such as a HoloLens and see and hear the life-like avatars of their coworkers. The app also enables users to drag content from their smartphone, web browsers, and the Google Suite of applications into a shared holographic space. After the completion of the meeting, attendees can preserve the virtual room where they have kept their sticky notes and access those later.
Doghead Simulations is another company to be working on virtual reality collaborative spaces.
Although there are still a couple of years left for the full-scale rollout and adoption of the 5G network technology, the holographic call technology is likely to catch up with and revolutionize remote working and virtual meetings like never before.