How Augmented Reality Makes the Remote Communication to Feel More Intimate?

Nowadays face-to-face communication is quite common and nothing new in this but a group of researchers are going to design a life-size projection of a person. A project from the Microsoft Research named Room2Room is working on this technology. They use Kinect depth cameras and digital projectors for this project. The main theme of this technology is that it captures the image of a person in 3-D in one room and project the life-sized version of that person in real time in another room and vice versa so that each person can see the image of the other and have better communication.

Paperwork on this technology will be going to present at the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing conference at the end of the February in San Francisco. The idea of augmented reality has been around for years but it is not implemented. Now Microsoft researchers are going to put this technology in track, Microsoft is one among the companies which is trying to popularize the AR by testing out its HoloLens headset. The researchers took the help of already existed Microsoft Research augmented reality project called RoomAlive. This RoomAlive project uses the Kinect depth-sensing cameras and digital projectors. So instead of setting up the hardware to only one room, they set two hardware which helps to scan each person sitting in a room and project him in another room.

In order to understand the working report of this project and to make sense how people are going to communicate seven pairs of study participants built 3-D shapes with blocks via augmented reality. A person with actual blocks sat in front of a table in one room, while their partner sat in another room and gave instructions to first person how to construct the shape. Researchers found that while putting this type of puzzles it will take only four minutes if they were face to face where in the case of augmented reality it will take about 7 minutes.

There are several issues to be solved before going to implement this Room2Room project. The depth-sensing and projection hardware which are going to be used are available widely, bulky and somewhat risky to setup. It doesn’t deliver high-resolution images. A professor of California, University, Santa Barbara named Tobias Hollerer stated that the resolution can be improved very easily and expect we will be going to use the systems similar to augmented reality.