Users, with VR glasses, can follow a tutorial guided by Valencian hairdressing experts


The Institute of Telecommunications and Mobile Applications (iTEAM) of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Telefónica have presented an innovative use case of holographic capture applied to training. Within the framework of a national project in which both collaborate, they have recently launched an “immersive” communications laboratory at the university, presented last December, a pioneer in the development of experiences through holographic technology based on 5G communications, including band of millimeters of 26 GHz.

The first use case developed in this laboratory between Telefónica and the UPV, called ‘Holograma fallero: el arte del moño’, is a virtual reality (VR) experience where users, using VR glasses, can follow a guided tutorial by Valencian hairdressing experts, as reported by the academic institution in a statement.

This experience offers a “detailed” vision of the process of making the fallera hairstyle which, being done remotely and with the support of tutors, allows you to follow the process in a totally innovative way.

As part of this project, Telefónica has deployed a volumetric video capture set at the UPV consisting of 13 Intel Realsense D455 cameras and a software solution from the American company Evercoast. These tools enable synchronized capture and video processing to generate “high-quality, real-time” 3D content.

In addition, Telefónica is working on the “optimization” of the private 5G network in the UPV. This network will provide the performance necessary for real-time volumetric video transmission, enabling more use cases for different trainings.

Volumetric video consumption represents a new way of interacting with content, allowing users to view it from any angle, as if they were physically present. This type of content, especially when used with Virtual Reality glasses as in the case of the ‘Fallero Hologram’, offers a “unique” immersive experience.

In this sense, the consumption of volumetric video is also a “technical challenge” due to its high weight per second and real-time processing requirements, which puts both the hardware and the network to the test. This is the first training in which holography is applied, a first step where further developments in research and new use cases will be carried out.

The launch of the laboratory and this initiative is part of the projects ‘Advancing-5G-Immersive’ and ‘Advancing-5G-Digital Twins’ of the UNICO I D 5G plan, financed by the Ministry for Digital Transformation and Public Service of Spain with NextGenEU funds from the European Commission.