Video Booth, Google’s Starline Project
In Google’s 2021 I/O keynote they have revealed their Starline Project. “Several years ago, we kicked off a project to use technology to explore what’s possible. We call it Project Starline. It builds on the different areas of computer science I spoke about today. It relies on custom-built hardware and highly specialised equipment. It is early and currently available in a few of our offices, but we thought it would be fun to give an early look at experiencing it for the first time,” Sundar Pichai said during the I/O keynote.
In Simple Words:
This application is basically evolved version of the current video calls, this offers a Hyper-Telepresence i.e realistic in-person meet. When I saw the video, the first thing that pop-ups are interrogation room scenes. They have a 65-inch display. If you change your view perspective, the video imaging will also change accordingly to make it as much as real.
How does this works:
No VR Headset, but that doesn’t mean any fancy equipment. This needs whole new types of equipment, as the image needed to be converted into 3D Hologram. As there is a lot of background work that needs to be done, Google is using their research in computer vision, machine learning, spatial audio, and real-time compression to convert it into a 3D Hologram, It also seems they are using WebRTC open-source infrastructure which Google uses in its Google Meet. we need custom-built hardware and highly specialised equipment. So they built video booths and currently, they have the booths in a few of their offices.
Is This Future?
Maybe or Maybe not. As the pandemic situation has significantly increased, the usage of video conferences has as well. But this cannot be used anywhere you want (For Now), so accessibility is the problem. Since the tech world around us is continuously developing, we may hope things get more accessible.