Microsoft’s latest patent is about tele-immersive system experience, probably for Surface Hub

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Surface Hub 2 and Windows Core OS
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Microsoft has patented yet another interesting technology and
it appears to be for collaboration devices, such as the Surface
Hub. First spotted by us, the patent titled “Providing a
tele-immersive experience using a mirror metaphor” was filed
back in late March 2017 and published by USPTO on August 7.

In the background section of the patent, the company explains
that the tele-immersive collaboration system enables
real-time interaction among two or more participants who are
geographically separated from each other. It’s somewhat
different than the traditional video conferencing system and it
could be for a device like Surface Hub.

“One tele-immersive collaboration system provides a
shared-space experience using a window metaphor. That is, this
type of system gives a first participant the impression that he
or she is looking through a transparent window at a second
participant, who is located on the opposite side of the
window,” the company explains the background of patent
application.

Microsoft new patent

The method is explained below:

“A tele-immersive environment is described herein that includes
two or more set-ups. A local participant corresponds to a
participant who is physically present at a particular local
set-up; a remote participant corresponds to a participant who
is physically present at a set-up that is remote with respect
to the local set-up. Each set-up, in turn, includes mirror
functionality for producing a three-dimensional virtual space
for viewing by a local participant. That virtual space shows at
least some of the participants as if the participants were
physically present at a same location and looking into a
mirror”.



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