Google's new 3D video call tech is both terrifying and impressive

Google Project Starline
(Image credit: Project Starline in action)

Over the past year, chances are you've become somewhat acquainted with the video call. Zoom et al came into their own in 2020 (thanks, of course, to the 'C' word), and we all got to embrace the joys of accidentally being on mute. It seems Google is keen to make the video call experience a little more life-like – and we're not sure what to think.

During its I/O developer conference this week, the company revealed a new video chat project called Starline, which uses machine learning and special display 'booths' to render video calls in 3D. It's all very sci-fi, and we're both terrified and impressed. Check out our best 3D modelling software if you fancy creating your own invention.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.