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Are you looking for a new way of communication during the pandemic? A Los Angeles built a machine the size of a phone booth to deliver real-time holograms to your living room.

PORTL-made equipment allows users to have real-time conversations with others in life-size holograms.

These machines can also be equipped with technology to interact with holograms of deceased historical figures or relatives.

Each PORTL device is seven feet (2.1m) high, five feet (1.5m) wide, and two feet (0.6m) deep, and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. Anyone with a camera and a white background can send a hologram to what David Nussbaum “holography.”

Nussbaum said: “We said that if you can’t be there, you can swim there.” Nussbaum once developed Ronald Reagan’s hologram for the former presidential library. And digitally resurrected the rapper Tupac Shakur (Tupac Shakur).

Nussbaum added: “We can connect military families we haven’t seen in months, on the opposite coast,” or those who are isolated from society to fight the .

The of the machine is US$60,000 (approximately Rs 4.5 million), and Nussbaum expects the cost to drop in the next three to five years. The company also plans to launch lower-priced small desktop devices early next year.

These devices can be equipped with artificial intelligence technology from the Los Angeles company StoryFile to produce holograms that can be archived. After adding it to the current device, the cost will reach at least $85,000.

These companies are advertising to museums so that visitors can question holograms of historical figures and to families to record information for future generations.

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StoryFile CEO Heather Smith (Heather Smith) said that people may feel that they are talking to a recorded hologram.

She said: “(You) feel their presence, see their body language, see all their nonverbal cues.” “You feel that you are actually talking to that person, even if they are not there.”

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