This Startup Can Turn Almost Anything Into a Hyper-Realistic Hologram

A man playing the acoustic guitar inside Epic while onlookers watch.
Credit: Proto

Proto, a holographic communications startup based in California, has built a system capable of beaming just about anything from one location to another. Okay, maybe not literally—this isn’t Mike Teavee’s unfortunate turn of events at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory—but visually. If its image can be captured in front of a white backdrop, Proto can teleport it from one location to another, successfully performing what’s now commonly called “holoportation.”

Sometimes seeing a person in 2D simply isn’t enough. To give the telecommunication experience a little extra oomph, organizations from Google and NASA to smaller startups are hard at work developing what they call “holoportation” devices. These devices capture a person’s likeness and cast a hologram of them to another location to create a teleportation effect, hence the amalgamated term.But while some organizations’ holoportation efforts are a little blurry (as in NASA’s case), Proto’s are impressively crisp. Using their own camera or Proto’s “Studio Kit,” users film or stream themselves—or their products—in front of a white backdrop. This content connects to Proto’s “Epic” device via the cloud. Epic, a white box roughly 7 feet tall, 4.5 feet wide, and 2 feet deep, reproduces the user’s image in 3D. Epic’s image is so realistic that it appears a person is actually inside the box…

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