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Holoportation brings Star Wars-style holograms to lifeThe next evolution of Skype may be hologram meetings. Microsoft shows us what's possible with Hololens before its annual Build developers event. Also, Sony may be planning to release a more powerful PlayStation console for virtual reality.
Microsoft shows us how you don't need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to chat live with a hologram. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. Microsoft created a new type of live 3D capture technology, so you can transport yourself as a hologram in someone else's room and chat with them in real time, even if you're thousands of miles away. But to see the hologram in person, you're gonna need to wear a hollow lens headset Which is not available yet to the public. We saw teases of this technology before, but now Microsoft has given it a name, Holoportation, and the company published this demonstration video showing it takes several special cameras positioned around the room. To capture your image, which is then reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted to another user. This interaction can also be replayed later to make it feel ike you're reliving a memory. Or, you can shrink it down to fit on top of a table. Very similar to the technology from Star Wars. I'm looking forward to when we don't need to wear a HoloLens to see the images and can just project them from our droids. We may hear about this and HoloLens from Microsoft on Wednesday. During its annual Build Conference for Developers. If you look at Microsoft schedule events for programmers, it seems that the big themes are around the Cloud and Internet of Things. Which is just tech jargon for having more devices in your home, connected to the Internet. CNet will be blogging live from the Wednesday Keynote which Microsoft is also streaming live starting at 8:30 AM Pacific, 11:30 AM Eastern. Microsoft's Hololens is not exactly virtual reality It's more like mix reality but get ready for a busy few days of virtual reality discussion. The Oculus Rift is now beginning to arrive this week for those that preordered to be your head set. You don't want to check out finish review of the Oculus Rift which is far from a traditional product review. And HTC's Vive VR Headset is gonna arrive next week on April 5th. There's also news relating to Sony's upcoming PlayStation VR. The Wall Street Journal reports Sony is planning to sell a more powerful version. Of the PS4 consoles to handle virtual reality with a boost of graphics and processing power. But Sony has not officially made any such announcement yet. This comes from unnamed sources. That does it for this tech news roundup, and there's always more to explore at cnet.com. From our studios in New York. I'm Bridget Carey. [SOUND] [MUSIC] I don't think I'm supposed to walk with this on. [BLANK_AUDIO]