Video calls have transformed the way we communicate but European operators are now testing what could be the future of our conversations: holographic calls. The idea would be that rather than just seeing a real-time video, you would see a 3D virtual person like a hologram. Mobile operators Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have joined forces with the deep tech company MATSUKO which is spearheading the move to 3D calls. The Slovenian company developed a technology that is focused on making Star Wars holograms but is using similar tech to make more life-like holograms. The telecom companies announced on Wednesday they had participated in a pilot programme to try out the holographic calls, which are aiming to have a “broadcast quality”.