Sunday, April 6, 2008

Telepresence

I had dinner last night with a close friend who told me about a new project he is working on involving "telepresence".

Telepresense is next generation video conferencing that makes everyone participating feel like they are in the same room. Special conference rooms or "studios" provide an IMAX-like viewing experience where each user appears life sized and directly across the table from one another.

There are several competing technologies that include Cisco Telepresence and HP Halo.

Here is a video of Cisco Telepresense in action.



Large corporations and the military are already using these systems.

HP recently announced plans to install Halo rooms in select Marriott hotels that the public can rent out.

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