DoCoMo's 'future station' brings 3D to conference calling

No more dull days in the office

Video conferencing may have enhanced the workplace for the better, offering face-to-face communications on a global level but the whole thing hasn't ever been, well, sexy.

DoCoMo, a mobile phone company in Japan, is trying to change this and has created a stunning prototype system that could change offices – and even schools – the world over if it is ever brought to market.

DoCoMo is calling it a 'future station' and it is easy to see why. The communications system comprises a massive screen and numerous projectors that not only project 3D footage on to a main screen but on to a table as well – so the user can interact with colleagues in real-time and as if they are in the same room.

DoCoMo future station

To make the system work, and TechRadar was given a fascinating demo, you have to don a pair of 3D glasses which also have sensors on them – and there's also two finger sensors that have to be worn on each hand.

DoCoMo future station

The demo we were shown was something that could be used in schools. It was a demo regarding information of a butterfly.

DoCoMo future station

To receive this information, we were shown a simulated real-time call to someone in a butterfly field and a graphic of the migration of the butterfly. To make things interesting, the sensors on the glasses mean that the graphic can be tracked from what is projected on the table to the television screen.

DoCoMo future station

The sensors on the fingers allow you to bring up information Minority Report style from the table in front of the person.

DoCoMo future station

Yes, it was a demo of technology that is still nascent but it was a fascinating look at how communication may be done in the future.


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Marc (Twitter, Google+) is the content team lead for Future Technology, where he is in charge of a 14-strong team of journalists who write many of the wonderful stories that end up on TechRadar, and T3 magazine. Prior to this he was deputy editor of TechRadar, had a 10-month stint editing a weekly iPad magazine, written film reviews for a whole host of publications and has been an integral part of many magazines that are no longer with us.