Wednesday, July 12, 2006

France Telecom's Magic Telepresence Wall

Innovations in telecommunications...

"A senior technologist at DreamWorks turned me on to this telepresence R&D project from France Telecom. The "Magic Wall" is described as "a very high speed video-conference system which eradicates the notion of distance between interlocutors, giving the perfect illusion of being in the presence of people who are physically far away." The website for France Telecom R&D can be found Here. Here are some excerpts from their description of the project:

The system works by establishing a bilateral liaison between two distinct sites, allowing for natural, continuous communication between people no matter what physical distance separates them. Interlocutors from different sites can speak to each other face-to-face via the telepresence wall, hear each other as if they were standing side by side, even have the impression of being able to reach out and touch the other person.

By placing yourself in front of an image wall you can see and hear, in both real size and real time, what's happening on the other side of the wall, hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away; reciprocally, you can be seen and heard as easily by others, without ever having the impression of being filmed or seeing a filmed image. The image regenerates on the wall, in real scale, the image of persons and provides the illusion of real proximity because users are closer to their interlocutors at 1.20 meters. All conditions are brought together here in order to create natural exchange possibilities."   continued ...   (Via Human Productivity Lab)

Making telecom more natural. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Making telecom more natural


Blogger TelePresence News Release said...

Readers of this article might be interested in Telepresence World 2007 in San Diego.

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