Two Japanese scientists have developed new technology that lets users send 3D holograms.

Associated Press reports that the current implementation of the technology is situated in Tokyo University. The report describes the process as one in which a caller sits in a booth, itself equipped with a 360-degree digital camera. The equipment sends data to a cylindrical tube, and the 360-degree image is represented on that.

"We can see the 3D image as if it's inside the cylinder," Tokyo University professor of computer science and physics, Susumu Tachi, told AP.

The technology combines fibre optics, electronics and white light-emitting diodes. It relies on a series of revolving cylinders and LEDs that project tiny slices of the image data. The final image is eight inches in diameter and ten inches high.