It’s been a little over a year since Microsoft first introduced the HoloLens, and while we’re still waiting for it to become a polished consumer product, the company is gearing up to release the $3,000 Developer Edition of the device – which could be shipping as early as this week.

While we’re still yet to see the true impact that the augmented reality device will have on existing workflows, it’s been made clear through multiple demonstrations that it will usher in a new era of computing and how we interact with our digital tools.

We just might also be able to teleport with support from the device, too.

Over the weekend, Microsoft’s I3D research group released a demo of their newest HoloLens innovation that they’re calling “Holoportation.” Similar to how we’ve seen in seemingly countless sci-fi movies and tv shows, the technology allows for live images and sounds to be captured in 3D and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time, providing a nearly identical virtual replica of a human being. Additional features include the ability to record and play back 3D interactions as well as scale a projection, as research manager Shahram Izadi demonstrates:

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With the Microsoft Build conference coming up this week, we’ll likely be hearing more about what the company has in store for the HoloLens. No word yet if we’ll ever have to worry about “reverse beaming” as seen in the movie Spaceballs:

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