Google is still experimenting with a different kind of false reality: its Project Starline holographic video chat project. Project Starline, which was announced last year, is a video-calling booth that uses 3D imagery, high-resolution cameras, custom depth sensor sensors, and a groundbreaking light field display to create a lifelike experience for callers on both sides of the screen — all without the use of a headset.
Google is now expanding its real-world testing with an early access programme that will see Starline used in the offices of various enterprise partners such as Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health. Google stated that it will begin installing Project Starline prototypes in select partner offices for regular testing later this year. Until now, the 3D calling booths could be found in Google’s offices in the United States, where employees could test them for meetings, employee onboarding sessions, and other purposes. In addition, the company invited over 100 enterprise partners from industries such as media, healthcare, and retail to demo the technology in its offices and provide feedback on the experience.