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Engineering Newswire: 'Holoportation' Transports You Virtually Anywhere

This Engineering Newswire looks at ‘holoporting’ across the globe, making robotic satellite repairs and relaxing in Airbus’ newest cabin design.

‘Holoportation’ Mixes Augmented Reality, Teleportation

Microsoft’s research division recently developed a new type of 3D video capture system called “holoportation” that allows 3D renderings of people to be virtually reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time.

The system uses a series of 3D video cameras that capture images of a person from all angles, and then pieces together a 3D model of that person. When combined with mixed reality displays such as the Microsoft HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space.

Satellite Repair Robot Makes House Calls

There are currently over 400 geosynchronous satellites orbiting about 22,000 miles above the Earth. Unfortunately, because there aren’t any prospects for assistance in orbit, satellites are sent up loaded with backup systems and as much fuel as can be accommodated, meaning more complexity, weight, and cost.

But what if help was just a service call away?

This is the premise behind DARPA’s new Robotic Servicing Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, which aims to develop technologies that would enable inspection and servicing of satellites in geosynchronous orbit within the next five years.

The Newest Cabin Layout from Airbus

Airbus is launching a new cabin design, called “Airspace by Airbus,” that promises to deliver enhanced passenger comfort by using recently developed technologies. The concept will be debuted in the new A330neo jet, which is expected to go into service in late 2017.

According to the company, the cabin is designed around comfort, ambience, service, and design. The design has 18-inch-wide seats in coach, larger overhead storage bins, roomier bathrooms, with antibacterial surfaces, unobstructed space under seats, and LED ambient lighting.