VOXON DELIVERS THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL HOLOGRAPHIC VIDEO CALL. LIVE FROM THE BBC, LONDON STUDIOS
September 3rd 2019, something truly extraordinary happened. A small thing amidst the farce that is our current global political landscape, amidst great burning forests and a world crying out for genuine human connection… Two founders came together from across opposite sides of the world via hologram, like in Star Wars.
It was 6:53pm in the BBC Radio Theatre in London, UK, where three hundred people had gathered to celebrate Digital Planet’s 18th birthday. Voxon co-founder Gavin Smith was up on stage with show host Gareth Mitchell and panelists Bill Thompson, Technology Writer and Principal Research Engineer at the BBC, and renowned Future and Immersive Tech Expert Gislaine Boddington.
It was 3:33am at Voxon HQ in Adelaide, Australia, where a handful of people gathered, checking data speeds and firewalls. Voxon co-founder Will Tamblyn was standing in front of a lighting rig and a 3D depth camera. Visibly nervous. Palpably excited.
The world’s first real-time 3D international holographic video call. Click here to watch the video with audio…
The show opened, the audience cheered, the hosts listed off some of the great technology achievements the world had seen over the past eighteen years, and then there it was.
The Voxon came to life, and to the sheer wonderment of the team on stage and the studio audience, a hologram appeared.
Unlike a 2D screen, people can gather around a hologram, viewing it from any angle. Adding another dimension brought with it new perspective – perhaps greater perspective.
And then into the “frame” steps Will, to the thunderous applause of the audience, and for the very first time in history, a live holographic video call became reality.
Two founders on other sides of the world spoke together not on the phone, not via Skype or Zoom, but 3D hologram. This was technology that had the potential to bring us closer together.
Gislaine imagines how this could take streaming communication between families to a whole new level, no goggles, no glasses.
“Transformational,” Bill gushes – one step away from teleportation.
Gavin brings the house down as he notes the irony of having worked on the hologram for ten years, and here they were featuring perhaps the most visually impressive feat of human technology – on the radio.
The show moves on, the team in Adelaide, Australia breathe a collective sigh of relief, and with a smattering of tired applause and cold coffee dregs, they get back on with building the future.
Watch the video with sound below…
The closeness of the physical attributes gave a presence that you just don’t get form a 2D screen. Emotionally, people felt they were closer to that person and that there was more of a connection. With distance between family and loved ones often playing a part, the 3D nature of the volumetric communications highlighted that this could really bring family members closer together. It was actually better in real-life than anyone was really expecting.
STAR WARS MOMENT:
What was once only the realm of science fiction, Voxon Photonics has now made idea of holographic communications possible.
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