Ever wonder what it would be like to interact with a 3D hologram like the ones that appear in Star Wars? A team of researchers at Queen's University in Toronto is working on creating a way to project 3D holograms for video chat using a Micosoft Kinect.
The system that they've built is made up of a 1.8-meter-tall tube with six Microsoft Kinect camras place near the top and a 3D project inside according to a report from The Verge. The telepod is programmed to be used just like a video phone, but with better visual elements.
While using the Telepod, a person stands in front of the tube and speaks directly to it, which is where the image of the person they're talking to appears. The tube creates a 3D image that make it seem as though the person that someone's video chatting with is actually in the room.
The same team has created something called Bodipod, which is a 3D anatomical model browser. Users can peel off layers of a human anatomical model by simply swiping with their hand. Pointing and other simple gestures allow users to control the model.