An AR study projects life-sized callers into in-office conversations

Have you ever been on a conference call and wondered what the person you were speaking to looked like and what they were doing during the call? Room2Room, a Microsoft Research project, is helping answer these questions by providing a life-size 3D projection of the person you are speaking to a chair across from you.

The digital images can be seen from different viewpoints allowing everyone in the room the ability to interact with the projection.

While the idea of augmented reality—combining digital images with real life—has been around for years, it is only recently that technology has started to catch up. Microsoft is one of the companies testing and hoping to popularize augmented reality.

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