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. Both 2D and 3D telepresence have been employed as a means of making it seem as though a user is in a location when they physically are not. This is a technique intended to make collaboration feel more seamless and replicate the benefits of face-to-face communication. 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?

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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 inquiry?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telepresence#Education Wow! As presented in this link, this technology offers students possibilities for exploring otherwise inaccessible locations, e.g. remote locations; areas or environments normally unavailable (e.g. opposite side of the world, work places). It is described as offering users the impression they are in another space. - FionaBanjer FionaBanjer Feb 9, 2014
  • The link above also describes "the international telecommunication arts festival "Blurred Boundaries" in Graz, Austria. An article written in 1993 describes "telepresence art" http://ekac.org/telepresence.art._94.html - FionaBanjer FionaBanjer Feb 9, 2014
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