What is Microsoft Mesh? A future immersed in virtual reality
Microsoft proposes a world bathed in virtual reality to connect with each other and keep us together and connected, but at a distance. Do you know what Microsoft Mesh is? We tell you
Microsoft has held its annual event, Microsoft Ignite 2021For developers and professionals in the technology industry and how could it be otherwise, the main novelties are focused on teleworking.
In a virtual aquatic environment with the assistants represented by avatars or holograms, but from their homes. This is how it has been presented Microsoft Mesh, a virtual reality platform With which to cross the computer screen in meetings or remote events.
Video calls with friends, family or for work reasons are already part of the day to day because of the pandemic, and in this scenario, Microsoft has seen a possible gap for virtual reality and its HoloLens glasses.
The Redmond-based company has been working on this technology for years. His HoloLens 2 virtual reality glasses were shown a year ago as a perfect tool for the professional world. With them, a technician could guide another in a video call to remotely fix a machine. Microsoft Mesh would be the next big leap for this technology.
To prove it, the company has created a trial version with Pokemon Go exclusive to HoloLens 2 and a world created by Cirque du Solei co-founder Guy Laliberté, with which they already worked in previous occasions. In this link You can see the entire presentation directed by Alex Kipman, creator of the HoloLens, in which personalities such as James Cameron.
¿Avatar in holograms?
Microsoft proposes two options, to appear with your real image as if you were a hologram, or what they have called “Holoportation”, or to use an avatar developed by AltspaceVR, a virtual reality social network that celebrates all kinds of digital events and that Microsoft bought in 2017.
In the case of avatars, it would only be necessary to have virtual reality glasses such as the HoloLens 2, the HP Reverb G2, Oculus Quest 2, or resort to the phone and tablets on iOS or Android, although the latter options would be less immersive.
Instead, for Holoportation External sensors such as a camera that records our 3D image is required to be able to transport it to Mesh’s virtual reality. Technologies like this are being used on television to conduct remote interviews without the guest having to go to the studio.
Mesh will be integrated into Microsoft’s cloud, Azure with the tools Teams y Dynamics 365 in the future. You can operate remotely in the cloud or locally on our computer and virtual reality glasses, creating virtual reality experiences and more immersive meetings in a wide variety of sectors.
It would allow us to present architecture and engineering projects with 3D models with which we could interact, hold a fashion show with attendees from their homes. And even have medical consultations.
Microsoft Mesh is, at the moment, an idea or proposal for the future that is still in a very early development phase. The company wants to launch in the coming months a set of tools so that its clients can develop avatars and start creating experiences and virtual spaces with which to bring Mesh to life.
Something like a app store in which you can choose the avatars, events and scenarios to hold a meeting or give it the use that best suits each situation. Its success depends to a large extent on the evolution of the world of work and academia in the coming months and on that new reality in which we will live when, once and for all, we free ourselves from this damn pandemic.