Google might soon offer people a way to communicate face-to-face over long distances with the help of Project Starline. Here’s what you need to know.
Google‘s Project Starline might soon allow people separated by long distances to communicate as if they were right in front of each other. The technology’s current state is already a lot closer to reality than it is to science fiction, but it might take some time before the company makes it readily available to the public. For over two decades, Google has been coming up with technology solutions that are often ahead of their time, even creating what’s considered by some to be the greatest product of all time.
Aside from introducing revolutionary software fueled by artificial intelligence, Google also often provides a glimpse of its various cutting-edge technologies as well. Some of these have made their way to market, like the Nest Hub that debuted in March and offers an untethered sleep-tracking experience. Like the Nest Hub, which had to go through rigorous testing stages before it was finally ready to be released, Google is also working on making Project Starline available to the public. However, unlike Nest Hub, what Project Starline aims to accomplish is far more ambitious.
In a blog post, Google revealed that it’s been working on Project Starline as a means to bridge the gap between distance and communication. It does so by providing a communication platform that seemingly blurs the line between digital and physical environments, and without requiring participants to wear additional accessories, such as glasses or headsets. With the help of its advancements in machine learning, spatial audio and so on, Google aims to develop a “magic window” that can accurately recreate a full-motion, life-sized representation of someone on the other end. Unlike in a video chat, where camera limitations and lighting conditions can result in poor imagery, this technology actually recreates an image of a person with lifelike precision, allowing two people to converse naturally, and as if they were talking right in front of each other.
How Close Is Project Starline To Becoming A Reality?
Although Google almost created a ridesharing platform long before Uber existed, will the company be the first to create a hologram-like chat experience? While it might not be exactly akin to the holograms often displayed in Sci-Fi films, Google appears to be pretty close to making something similar. This is not just in concept, either, but in a tangible form. For example, the tech giant claims that Project Starline already exists in some of its offices and even released a video showcasing how far it has come and just how impressive it seems to be.
In fact, Google revealed that Project Starline had already undergone “thousands of hours” of testing with its employees, and has already showcased its capabilities and benefits to some of its business partners. However, it does rely on “custom-built hardware” and “highly specialized equipment” that is quire bulky, and likely quite expensive as well. On that note, Google doesn’t just plan on eventually integrating the technology into its varied hardware lineup, but also aims to make it “more affordable” in the long run. Here’s hoping this innovative and cyberpunk-esque technology will actually stay for good when it arrives, and not fade into obscurity like Google’s once-futuristic glasses.
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