ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (What the Tech?) — First, it was Zoom live video conferencing that literally changed the way businesses and businesses meet and work. And now there’s a new technology that sends holographic-type images using just a smartphone and an app.
Beem is a smartphone app for both Android and iOS devices that allows senders to “beem” themselves in messages that are displayed at the home or work of the recipient of the message.
Remember when Princess Leia from Star Wars sent a hologram of herself via R2D2?
Here’s how it works:
In the Beem app, the sender records a video message (currently a 15 second message). Record a message through your camera, and when you’re happy with it, tap a button to send the video “to the metaverse” as the app describes it.
It is important to place your phone on a stable surface such as a desk or use a tripod for your phone. It also works well if the person recording the message is standing in the camera frame. In other words, record from your feet to the top of your head.
After processing, Beem is ready to send via text message, social media post, or email. Recipients of your message simply tap the link to give Beem permission to use your camera, microphone, and gyroscope on your phone. Recipients don’t need to have her Beem app installed on their phone.
When the message is received and permission is granted, the surroundings of the recipient will be displayed on the screen. When you tap the floor he will Beem play and video her message as if the person was standing in front of you.
Beem was released in February 2022. They have big plans for this technology and hope to offer two-way video messaging in the future.
Now you can record and send Beem messages and post them to social media or QR code links. If you have a green screen, you can send live video messages.
However, there were some issues.
When the app was first released, it only took a few minutes to process a video. These days, just processing a video can take hours.
The app is updated regularly and there is a Beem app in both the Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple’s App Store for iPhones.
If you want to try it yourself, tap this link on your smartphone