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Google’s Project Starline 3D videoconferencing system, unveiled last week, is well-timed for a post-pandemic world but still has a long way to go in seamlessly marrying the in-person and the virtual, three people who have used the system say.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google and its rivals, including Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., all view “mixed reality,” as it is sometimes known, as the next big new wave in computing — following smartphones — and all are staking out fresh ground.

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