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Officials at Western University celebrate the successful completion of what is being called the first demonstration of international bi-directional “holographic teleportation”.

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Using a special camera and HoloLens, a glass mixed reality headset developed by Microsoft, Western says a small group of students were able to “teleport” via a hologram instantly to Alabama on July 27.

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Participants at the end of the 3D call in Alabama included officials from Houston-based Aexa Aerospace, who partnered with Western and developed the software used in the demo.

“We took one guy from Alabama to London, Ont., and then every student here on the project was able to instantly teleport themselves in 3D all the way to Huntsville, Ala.” Dr. Adam Siric of Western, who led the project.

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Sirek is also a co-founder of Halifax-based Leap Biosystems, which has partnered with Aexa and Western to explore potential medical applications for technology development.

The western group stands in front of a special 3D camera used in the show. At the bottom is a rough approximation of what an Alabama participant might see wearing HoloLens. (Western officials note that the image that a HoloLens wearer will actually see will be much clearer.)

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According to a release from Western, a special camera creates a hologram of the subject, which is then sent over the Internet to the HoloLens of a participant at the chosen destination, in this case Alabama.

“The user on the other end is wearing a device called HoloLens, not unlike a virtual reality gaming headset. Through HoloLens, an individual can see the subject in their environment.”

“If they both wear HoloLens, they can interact in their environment as if they were actually there.”

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Western says its team of faculty, medical students and undergraduates plans to explore how the technology can be used in the real world and in medical settings — for example to provide health care to those who live in remote and rural areas.

Serik noted that the technology, which costs about $5,000, could be used as a less expensive alternative to medical aid and travel to and from exams.

The Western team will also look into the possibility of integrating biosensors with HoloLens, such as monitoring heart rate and oxygen saturation, along with touch to provide haptic feedback.

Microsoft first unveiled the HoloLens in 2015 and released its successor, HoloLens 2 in 2019.

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