HoloBeam Uses Microsoft's HoloLens to Beam Holographic Projections of People

By: Joey Haar - Oct 12, 2016
References: vimeo & digitaltrends
In March of 2016, Microsoft released its HoloLens development kits to the general public, and the HoloBeam is one of the most impressive projects that has come from that technology. The app, developed by Kansas City-based consulting firm Valorem, is a chat system that projects holographs of its users to one another.

As Valorem puts it, the HoloBeam app is a lot like the system from the opening scene of the original Star Wars movie, when R2-D2 projects a holograph of Princess Leia to convey a message to the heroes. Far from fictional, though, the HoloBeam app is fully functional thanks to the use of a virtual reality headset and the HoloLens' stereoscopic camera that captures 3D point cloud data. The system works just like any other video messaging app aside from its holographic capabilities, allowing anyone with internet connection to communicate.