Mobile network operators want to enable hologram phone calls

Europe's major mobile network operators want to make hologram phone calls mass-compatible.Through virtual reality glasses, the caller sees the 3-D upper body of the caller in front of him, looking into his selfie camera.

Vodafone, Telefónica (O2), Deutsche Telekom and Orange on Wednesday announced a project to develop a platform for transmitting three-dimensional real-time images. Key financial data were not disclosed.

Under the plan, hologram data will be transmitted across networks in the future. Through virtual reality glasses, the caller sees the three-dimensional upper body of the caller in front of him, who is looking into his selfie camera. Thanks to the camera, the 3D hologram can be created.

The telecommunications industry has been tinkering for some time with hologram connections, which are technically possible but very complex. The 5G mobile communications standard has now become an important building block for making progress in this area.

In 2018, Vodafone demonstrated a hologram video call in a moving minibus in Aldenhoven (NRW). The project at that time was based on a different technology than the current project and was only moderately convincing visually. Now that the industry has joined forces, the technology is to be taken to a new level and, in the long term, turned into an everyday product. According to the information, the platform could be available to end customers in about two years. (sda.)

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