“Need is the mother of invention.” The COVID-19 compelled us to conduct many tasks remotely. As a result, several technologies came up allowing us to study, conduct meetings, and research remotely from our homes. Mesh is one such technology, which was recently announced by Microsoft that will enable people located at different locations to meet in a shared mixed reality space.
According to Alex Kipman, Microsoft technical fellow, “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.”
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What is Microsoft Mesh?
Mesh is a technology that merges the knowledge center processing energy with synthetic intelligence using Azure cloud computing techniques. It is created to allow people to share holographic experiences in real-time regardless of their geographical locations. The implementation of Mesh is done in such a way that it can be synced to gears like Facebook-owned Oculus and smartphones. Apple, Google, and Facebook are other tech giants working in the field of mixed reality, too.
According to Alex Kipman, Microsoft technical fellow, “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”.
What will be the benefits of the Microsoft Mesh?
1) Meetings: Microsoft Mesh will also allow teams with members distributed all over the world to conduct more collaborative meetings and virtual design sessions. This technology will enable people to present themselves as avatars in a shared virtual environment.
2) Engineers: Microsoft Mesh will allow engineers to generate 3D models like that of cars in a virtual shared space. They will be able to sense the virtual design and working of the models just like the real machines.
3) Architects: Architects will be able to project huge structures like buildings and bridges in the space around them. They could walk through the holographic models under construction to test different portions to cure structural errors.
4) Medical students: Microsoft mesh will help medical students learn about the life processes through a virtual design of organisms. It will provide hands-on training for surgeons using a virtual model of the human body.
According to Microsoft, “The Microsoft Mesh platform will in coming months offer developers a full suite of AI-powered tools for avatars, session management, spatial rendering, synchronization across multiple users, and holoportation to build collaborative solutions in mixed reality”.
How does Microsoft look at Mesh technology?
Microsoft is working to make Mesh compatible on a variety of devices such as smartphones. tablets, HoloLens 2, and virtual reality headsets. The company is aiming to integrate Mesh into Teams and Dynamics 365 that will enhance the meeting experience. According to Microsoft, Mesh will be a significant advancement for Mixed Reality technology.
According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, “Think about what Xbox Live did for gaming — we went from single player to multiplayer, creating communities that helped people connect and achieve together. Now just imagine if the same thing happened with mixed reality.”
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