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Holoportation is -almost-here!

A “plug and play” installation of Portl, a hologram system that gives the impression of standing in front of a real person/object. Image credit: Portl Hologram Company

I read a few articles on Portl, watched a few video clips (there is one at the end of this post) and I should say I am impressed. It seems too good to be true, and as the say goes may be it is not. I sent request for contact and to get direct info, so I have to suspend my doubts till then.

If what they are saying is true and what is being shown reflect the reality then one has to agree this would be a game changer and an amazing example of digitization. It is not a full teleportation but in some respect it gets pretty close.

You can stand back home or in the office (provided you have their system installed) and you can beam you up (Scotty) to any place in the world provided that at the destination point there is their system installed. This consists of a sort of window, may look like a niche in the wall, where your body can be displayed as an hologram (or sort of). People there will have the perception of seeing you in flesh, right there in front of them. Your movements and voice will be teleported in real time and the camera inserted in the frame will capture the ambient letting you see from your home the people that are there and you can engage in conversation with them, as if you were actually there. Just watch the clip and tell me if it doesn’t seem amazing (and real).

In its advertisement Portl explains it is using special lightning and a special surrounding background to trick the eyes of the viewer into feeling there is a real person/object in front of them.

In addition to (visual) teleportation Portl offers the possibility of displaying actors, famous people and more but that would not impress me more. It is the possibility of creating a life size hologram image that could be mistaken for the real thing that is really impressing me.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.