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Microsoft's Skype killer? Augmented reality for your video calls

January 20, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Liam Tung / ZDNet

Face-to-face meetings are still the best way to communicate but Microsoft reckons its Room2Room augmented-reality project outdoes Skype.

Microsoft wants to use augmented reality to put a life-size virtual copy of the person you're talking to on a video call with you in the room.

The idea of Room2Room, a project from Microsoft Research, is to see whether augmented reality can rival the quality of communication of a face-to-face meeting.

To test whether it can come close, Microsoft fitted a pair of rooms with Kinect depth cameras and projectors to capture 3D images of participants and project a life-size copy of them in each room.

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