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?

  • At a time when desktop conferencing through Skype and other channels is putting a dent in the demand for dedicated videoconferencing infrastructure telepresence raises the bar for quality. Still there is the question whether the elaborate installs needed to implement telepresence can be justified by the experiential enhancement it promises. While telepresence systems make an impressive presentation, cost is likely to be prohibitive for wide adoption for some time to come. - billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 4, 2010
  • As mentioned, this technology is so expensive that it won't be widespread in the near future. However, for those that do have access, it can be a way to bring in experts from around the world, allow students studying abroad in college to take core classes back on their home campus, and it can be a way to teach small interdisciplinary classes between universities. - laurenpressley laurenpressley Oct 5, 2010
  • Prices will drop and will become more commonplace as domestic TP takes off and TP is included in Wii or PSP devices. Lots of potential for cross institution cost sharing, experts and cheap in terms of flights, overseas and hotels are concerned. - DaveP DaveP Oct 18, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Domestic use of TP, mini projectors - DaveP DaveP Oct 18, 2010
  • another response here

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

  • Distant learners, researchers, visual clues lost in other collaborative discourse, new media designed for TP, new forms of presentation, and object visualisation - DaveP DaveP Oct 18, 2010
  • another response here

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • CISCOs TP suitesall over the world will one day be affordable to Universities and even domestically - DaveP DaveP Oct 18, 2010
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