What is Telepresence?

Telepresence is a form of remote conferencing in which the participants appear to be physically present in the conference space. Body language cues like eye contact are easily transmitted and interpreted because of the fidelity, size, and position of the images. Several high-profile 3-dimensional demonstrations of the technology have taken place; for instance, CNN made extensive use of the technology during coverage of the 2008 US presidential election. Typically, 3D telepresence requires a specially configured space in which to capture a 360-degree image that can then be inserted into a virtual set, and viewed from any angle, but high-definition displays, seamless integration with software and data presentation, and full-surround audio make even 2D telepresence a very immersive experience.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Having used HD telepresence - its ability to close distance is very powerful. After a few minutes of using the technology you can forget that the person sitting around the desk isnt physically there and when you do meet them in the flesh it feels as though you have met before in a way in which video conferencing can't replicate. Currently prohibitively expensive but has real applications for cross boundry and cross sector connectivity and learninghttp://www.musion.co.uk/#!/products-services/telepresence
    - DaveP DaveP Dec 2, 2012
  • Exploration of this area is now coming within affordable reach of most institutions, thanks to startup commercial projects like this one: http://www.doublerobotics.com - while it's not a full holographic presence, it allows for exploration of the remote environment, and allows for near-natural interactions with other participants.- rubenrp rubenrp Dec 3, 2012
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