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Microsoft Mesh will teleport you in AR and VR to play with others across lots of devices

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Wearing a HoloLens 2 at home, testing Microsoft Mesh. Holograms in the home office. I entertained a guest at home last week, but he wasn’t really there.

I had a Microsoft HoloLens 2 on my head, visor down, in my dusty upstairs office. Hovering in the room was a holographic table. And then, a cartoon avatar of Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow in charge of mixed reality. I met him in the real world two years ago , when I tried the HoloLens 2 for the first time at Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle. Now, he was teleporting into my home. We talked about collaboration and telepresence. He conjured up sharks and jellyfish that float around us. We began to doodle and annotate together.

I used my fingers to grab holographic objects, passing them across a table that wasn’t there. In his office, somewhere else, I was a cartoon avatar at his virtual table. Later, Microsoft sent me a video of what I looked like on the other end, and I wondered: Who’s dreaming whom?

We were using Microsoft Mesh, a technology that aims to allow virtual telepresence in VR and AR across the HoloLens, VR headsets, iOS, Android and even the upcoming […]

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