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?

  • “The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed”, William Gibson.
    Of course, Telepresence have a potential in the education sector, but probably not adapted within our longest horizon. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Feb 16, 2015
  • See my comment for #4 below, but it is a good option for students who need to be out of class for one reason or another. - shorr shorr Feb 18, 2015

(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?

  • When the technology becomes affordable for schools, the most immediate impact I see would be to promote deeper collaboration amongst teams separated by distance. However, I expect that the
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • We are currently deploying Double's Telepresence Robot in a few select scenarios in our district. This robot allows students who need to be out of the room (ie Tourette syndrome), or out of the building (severe medical issues) to interact with their classes and with their peers by driving the robot to class as well as lunch and extra curricular activities. - shorr shorr Feb 18, 2015
  • A nice example for a communication tool aiding impairmenthttp://www.eitictlabs.eu/news-events/news/article/telepresence-for-people-with-communication-impairment/#allView - tszmarta tszmarta Feb 23, 2015
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