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Researchers continue work on 3D telepresence

Reports have confirmed that researchers from the University of North Carolina are continuing work on what is being called “true” 3D telepresence, perhaps suggesting it could become a reality sooner rather than later.

According to etcenter.org, a graduate student, Andrew Maimone and Dr Henry Fuchs are leading the work. In fact, they have managed to create a telepresence system boasting “room-sized real-time 3D capture and a life-size tracked display wall.”

This could represent a major breakthrough in 3D telepresence research, particularly as the prototype allows users to view a live scene and experience a changing perspective as they move their eyes. It is “as if the displays are a window into another room”, reports confirmed, meaning “as you walk past, you’ll be able to look around objects.”

When asked why telepresence could benefit from 3D technology, Maimone argued that it really can make the feeling of a “presence” seem greater; helping the experience feel altogether more real. This could help aid organic communication, he added.

Furthermore, being able to visually “look around” the room can help preserve any aspects of the situation that are lost during 2D telepresence. Maimone explained: “Imagine that you are seated in a meeting room and that someone’s head is blocking your view of a whiteboard. In our system, as in real life, you would naturally move your head around for an unobstructed view.

“In traditional video conferencing, you must interrupt the meeting and ask that the remote user move his or her head,” he concluded on 3dfocus.co.uk.