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?

  • Remote tutorial attendance with increasingly interactive capabilities - j.zagami j.zagami Feb 19, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Mobile telepresence technologies such as the Double Telepresence Robot also now include low cost telepresence options such as the Kubi and Telemba. - j.zagami j.zagami Feb 19, 2016
  • Stereoscopic Virtual Reality offers new remote immersive experiences for learning spaces with Google introducing support for stereoscopic recordings on Youtube for viewing using very low cost cardboard headsets. - j.zagami j.zagami Feb 19, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • increasingly students are preferring to minimise their on-campus experiences and telepresence technologies provide support for blended on and off campus activities, such as tutorials and workshops. - j.zagami j.zagami Feb 19, 2016
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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