The Future of Videoconferencing? This company lets you appear in life-size Hologram on video calls

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the entire world into hibernation with firms and organizations resorting to remote work and videoconferencing with Zoom so far spearheading the change.

However, they could be in for stern competition as a Los Angeles company named PORTL is bent on rewriting the norm and have introduced a machine that facilitates worldwide use of hologram video calls.

But before we get into the full details, let’s take a look at how the PORTL machine works

How does PORTL Hologram Machine Work?

This is theoretically a situation whereby a machine creates a life-size hologram that talks in real-time as you would with your contacts in person.

PORTL is the company that has created large machines fitted with its technology that beams a holographic image of the people who are interacting virtually. These images move and interact similarly as you and your contacts would in real-life.

The PORTL machine is 2.1-metre tall, 1.5-metre wide, and two feet deep, with a white background on all sides. There is a standard wall charger that supplies power to the machine.

David Nussbaum, chief executive officer of PORTL, calls the entire process a “holoportation.” “We say if you can’t be there, you can beam there,”

No matter the hype, POTRL most interesting feature, apart from the regular holographic video chat, is that people can record holograms of historical entities and their relatives who are deceased.

These holograms can be played whenever wanted and appear as if the person was alive and standing right in front of you. “We are able to connect military families that haven’t seen each other in months, people from opposite coasts,” said Nussbaum.

PORTL Availability, Price and Setup

The PORTL machine is pretty much costly and will set you back on a fortune.

Firstly, it starts at $60,000 (roughly Rs 45 lakh), which is more than a hundred times the subscription amount of Zoom. Also, there is a free tier for people who do not want more advanced features.

Furthermore, the company is planning to introduce a miniature version, one that can be placed on a table-top, with a lower price next year.

But then, youd still have to pay up more to get this baby working.

The machine needs to be equipped with Artificial Intelligence, developed by a company called StoryFile working in partnership with PORTL. The AI technology will take the total cost up to $85,000 (roughly Rs 63.5 lakh). The technology will actually the crux of the running holographic shows and images inside the machine.

Hey guys, it’s getting pretty complicated at the top!

It is quite acceptable the PORTL machine comes as a futuristic way to communicate with people who are locked down inside their homes, but the costs are way too high, which might not really make a good impression for first time buyers and eventual users.

Originally Posted On NaijaTechGuy

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the entire world into hibernation with firms and organizations resorting to remote work and videoconferencing with Zoom so far spearheading the change. However, they could be in for stern competition as a Los Angeles company named PORTL is bent on rewriting the norm and have introduced a machine that facilitates worldwide
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