Google’s plan to change the way we interact with Video conferencing software It was just taken to the next level with Project Starline rolling out to Google offices and more locations across the United States.
Despite Meta’s growing success in the VR headset space, Google remains committed to 3D shapes. Google says its “magic window” allows users to “speak, gesture and make eye contact with another person, both in life size and in three dimensions.”
Of course, the technology and hardware required for this can be very costly, including machine learning, computer vision, spatial sound, and light field display systems, however, all of these in tandem bring us the most realistic representation to date.
Google Project Starline
Google believes that increasing call signals can help make meetings more efficient, saving time and therefore money. In his own research, he saw on average about 40% more hand gestures, about 25% more head gestures, and 50% more eyebrow movements.
Internal testing at Google Sites has proven successful, and after some visits from retail, media and healthcare partner companies, the tech giant is now hoping to roll out demos in offices other than their own. The Early Access program, starting this year, will install prototypes in the offices of Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile and Hackensack Meridian Health as the future of video conferencing approaches the reality.
In addition to building and maintaining company relationships, Google sees its Starline kiosks expanding to include customer-business relationships and even “just sit down for a coffee chat,” although it will likely take years for this technology to become popular in home environments.