Project Starline

Summary

Project Starline is an experimental video communication method currently in development by Google that allows the user to see a 3D model of the person they are communicating with. Google announced the product at its 2021 I/O developer conference, saying that it will allow users to "talk naturally, gesture and make eye contact"[1] by utilizing machine learning, spatial audio, computer vision and real-time compression to create the 3D effect without the user wearing typical virtual reality goggles.[2] The goal is to make the user feel as if they are in the same room with the other user.[3][4]

Development

Project Starline had been in the work for more than five years prior to the official announcement on May 18, 2021.[5][6] The technology is currently only available in a small number of Google's offices, but the company plans to begin collaborating with certain partners in the next year,[7] particularly partners in the healthcare and media industries.[8]

Implementation

The current implementation of Project Starline is a booth that the user sits in, facing a 65 in (170 cm) "light field display,"[7] surrounded by more depth sensors, cameras, and lights.[5][9] Light field technology is a photography technique that captures the direction of light as well as its intensity and color to enable more effective 3D imaging.[10] The user can then view another user on the display in 3D and vice versa. Google says it plans to "make this technology more affordable and accessible."[2]

References

  1. ^ "Project Starline: Feel like you're there, together". Google. May 18, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Project Starline: Google's video chat makes it look like users are physically in the same room". techxplore.com. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Molina, Brett. "Project Starline: Google's video chat makes it look like users are physically in the same room". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  4. ^ Perry, Alex. "Google Starline could turn video calls into 3D holographic experiences". Mashable. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Google's Project Starline Wants to Turn You Into a Hologram". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  6. ^ May 2021, Mark Spoonauer 18. "Google I/O 2021 recap: Android 12, Wear OS, Project Starline and all the big news". Tom's Guide. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Kastrenakes, Jacob (May 18, 2021). "Google previews Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth". The Verge. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Google's Project Starline makes two-way communication immersive and realistic". GSMArena.com. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Google's Project Starline is a 'magic window' for 3D telepresence". Engadget. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  10. ^ David Pierce (February 29, 2012). "Lytro Review". Verge. Retrieved May 24, 2021.

External links

  • Official announcement