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Free up yourself from the boundaries of space and time. I am serious. Just free up yourself from all this!
No, this is not a prelude to any motivational speech. It is the AR/VR collaborative platform Mesh unveiled by Microsoft. Introduced during the Ignite event, the product is well-equipped to feature collaborative events and meetings using the digital avatars of users. Cool, right?
The social distancing measures that came with the COVID-19 pushed people to think beyond limits and do something as creative and exciting as making a mixed reality platform. These technologies can do marvels for remotely operating organizations. The combination of Artificial Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) can make a virtual appearance easy and seamless in an online setting. AR/VR removes delays and friction that defined the remote operations earlier.
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Microsoft’s Alex Kipman says that Mesh has been powered by Azure and affirmed that all of the computing and AI capabilities of Mesh will help the companies in working without any disruptions. Moreover, these resources can easily be accessed through the cloud.
The WOW part is that Kipman appeared virtually through a holoportation of himself and talked about the real-time underwater experience of the show as light simulated his physical body. Holoportaition is a high-quality 3D model of a person that can be shown on forums such as Mesh.
According to Kipman, this tool allows users to think of a reality abstractly and then manifest it in the physical world thanks to collaboration. He further added, “ The process of collaborating with others is how we discover the little different bits the excitement and the energy. The diverse skills and viewpoints that bring everyone together.” (We agree with you Kipman!)
Medicines, Industrial Designs, and Engineering
Well, James Cameron, ocean explorer and film director joined the conversation along with the founder and CEO of a well-known AR company, Niantic, John Hanke. Cameron joined from New Zealand through holoportation and remembered the time while he was shooting for the blockbuster movie in 1997 when he used a submersible to gain access to the ruined Titanic ocean liner. Cameron believes that such technologies can prove to be a great help in accessing locations that are difficult to access otherwise.
Cameron went on to add that the use of such technologies can be expanded to engineering, industrial designs, medicines, or “just for fun.”
Cameron, we can’t agree more!