So, this is um, how we will have Zoom meetings in the future? Microsoft is here with the next big thing, and it is a new mixed reality platform called Mesh. It was announced at its spring Ignite keynote.
Check out the details here in this announcement.
The platform is powered by Azure, and aims to bring a more immersive experience for AR and VR applications across multiple form factors like PC and mobile. It also signals an uptick in focus for MR by the software titan in the consumer domain, not just the enterprise space.
Here is the accompanying video:
At the keynote, Alex Kipman of Microsoft appeared in 3D form in a virtual environment with attendees. He showed off Mesh, detailing the various capabilities that the virtual collaboration platform will bring to users.
Virtual avatars in a shared environment, or life size models of people wearing the HoloLens device via what is called holoportation, bring people closer virtually using the platform, both for work and play.
“This has been the dream for mixed reality, the idea from the very beginning. You can actually feel like you’re in the same place with someone sharing content or you can teleport from different mixed reality devices and be present with people even when you’re not physically together.”
Redmond says that the advancements made with Mesh come as a result of years of innovation in learning, and developments made with the eye and hand tracking. The company sees this as the next big thing in the AR and VR space, with CEO Satya Nadella going so far as to likening it to Xbox Live.
You can go here to the official Microsoft Mesh website to sign up for updates, and head here to read up on the documentation on the technical aspects of this new platform.