Microsoft is attempting to build software and services that amazed its audiences and customers. On July 17, Microsoft executive Julia White took the stage at the company’s Inspire partner conference at Las Vegas to demonstrate, how it’s now possible to transform someone into a digital speaker of another language through the hologram.
It’s the first of its kind. Microsoft has used its Azure AI technologies and neural text-to-speech to translate the keynote into Japanese.
Microsoft recently scanned Julia White, a company executive for Azure, at a Mixed Reality capture studio to remodel her into an exact hologram replica. White’s voice was recording using Azure’s AI tech which converted it to Japanese using Neural-Text-to-Speech; this allowed the Japanese version of White’s presentation to retain her vocal tone and delivery style. The impressive part is that White personally does not know how to speak Japanese.
While this technology is not yet available to the public but still, Microsoft’s demonstration is certainly impressive and it speaks to the company’s goals with Azure, HoloLens, and beyond. The HoloLens 2 might be targeted at businesses for now, but Microsoft is attempting to build software and services that will climb to anywhere augmented reality could end up heading.