Cisco combines Webex with 3D hologram technology

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Cisco introduces Webex Hologram, combining its collaboration platform with 3D hologram technology. In doing so, the tech giant primarily aims at providing its users with a more lifelike experience in Webex meetings.

According to Cisco, Webex Hologram is the first collaboration application to use Augmented Reality (AR) technology and headsets to enrich (Webex) meeting functionality with 3D hologram technology. Holograms should offer a more lifelike experience in remote meetings, enabling interaction traditionally exclusive to face-to-face contact.

Webex Hologram can be used with major business AR headsets such as the Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens.

Technical possibilities

Cisco states that the 3D hologram technology within Webex Hologram offers highly photo-realistic real-time 3D holograms of persons. The holograms serve to make interactive communication among participants more effective than is possible when using 2D images or avatars of persons found commonly today.

Moreover, the introduction aims to help Webex users in sharing both physical and digital content. Participants can supposedly engage with the content projected via hologram technology, modifying it as they see fit. Exchanging valuable feedback on designs and projects is one of the possibilities that come to mind.

Multi-purpose

Cisco adds that the value of Webex Hologram is not limited to general-purpose meetings. Healthcare is another example — the training of medical equipment usage, to be precise. Instead of healthcare or training personnel forcedly travelling to remote locations, Cisco hopes to facilitate the process through holograms and AR headsets. Furthermore, F1 company McLaren Racing notes that it sees opportunities in using Webex Hologram to design cars, train crews and support its drivers.