Microsoft's Holograms Bring Us One Step Closer To 'Star Wars'

Microsoft Hololens uses "holoportation" to beam a 3-D image of the wearer to someone elsewhere.

By Ben Lawson | March 26, 2016

Say goodbye to webcam talks and prepare to communicate via hologram.

Microsoft just unveiled a feature it calls "holoportation" for the Hololens.

It can send a 3-D image of a person across the world to interact with someone else in real time.

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It's basically something straight out of "Star Wars," except it's not nearly as sleek — at least, not yet.

You have to have Microsoft's bulky augmented reality device strapped to your face to see the holograms.

And you'll also need to be surrounded by cameras to send an image of yourself, so it's not exactly as simple as using a phone or webcam.

But Microsoft wants it to be "as natural as face-to-face communication." So maybe one day a bunch of holograms will be sitting with you during business meetings in the conference room.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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