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We've seen Microsoft's HoloLens do an awful lot of different things so far, but Halo, Minecraft and even medical applications are just scratching the surface of what the augmented reality headset is capable of. In a new research paper, Redmond outlines how it plans to grab live video that'd work as fodder for the device's holographic capabilities. Perhaps most importantly these holographic video feeds would be streamable over the internet, as Road to VR points out. By taking advantage of some 106 RGB and infrared cameras and a green screen, Microsoft says that it's able to capture, compress and recreate pretty lifelike results.

Hands and faces (high-detail spots) get more polygonal attention, while other, not-as-important areas are a bit less precise. The video embedded below says that the current target is a 12 Mbps MPEG file, and the sample footage contained therein is actually pretty impressive so far. Here's to hoping that Microsoft can expand the headset's narrow field of view, though: As it stands, the illusion of an awkwardly dancing astronaut in your living room would break pretty easily.

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