Virtual Reality Tech Helping Connect Remote Workers

CBS4's Michael George explains. Read more:

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ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: In tonight's "Tech Minute," because of the pandemic, millions of people have spent the past year working at home. And face to face meetings are now done virtually. But new technology is changing how we interact online. CBS 4's, Michael George explains.

MICHAEL GEORGE: And I can reach out and grab it too?

- Exactly, here I'll hand it to you a little closer.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Virtual meetings can now look a whole lot different thanks to these, the Microsoft hololens 2.

So you pinch your fingers to draw. I'm wearing a pair in New York and can talk to Microsoft's, Greg Sullivan in the Seattle area. Through the lens I see his avatar in my apartment, and he can see mine. The company calls it Microsoft mesh.

You can imagine we're brainstorming on a new movie, you know, "Attack of the Hermit Crabs, " and there's, oh look, there's the hermit crab in space. And we could storyboard out this whole thing and collaborate in three dimensions.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Now if you want to buy one of these devices, you can't, yet. Right now, they're being sold to developers who are experimenting with how mixed reality can be used at home, at work, or in the classroom.

Other companies offer similar technology.

Glass is a hands free device for smarter and faster hands on work.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Google currently sells the Glass Enterprise 2, allowing a mechanic to see instructions for a repair. Or helping doctors view patient records in real time.

You can look from the top, the side, the bottom.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Last year, surgeons at the UC Davis Health Children's Hospital used headsets for Magic Leap to prepare for an operation to separate conjoined twins. The doctors needed to figure out how to detangle shared blood vessels.

- Two clips here, eventually, is the plan.

- I think that's what I would do.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Eventually, Microsoft wants to upgrade from avatars to holoportation, projecting a lifelike image in a mesh meeting. There it is. It's like I'm holding it in my hand.

It's technology that turns the virtual world into a hands-on experience. Michael George, CBS News, New York.