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?

  • One application is for bringing in expertise to a class -- telepresence is not exactly like being there -- but it is close.
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Teleprescence can be a powerful tool in education, however, the costs of the hardware and systems has always been high. This is starting to change making this technology eventually a more feasible option for education. Vidyo is a relatively new system that provides quality 2D telepresence at a lower cost than previous systems and points to new directions for this area: http://www.vidyo.com/ - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 31, 2010
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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