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November 14, 2007 | Chris Payatagool
2007111250150401.jpgYour grandmother could virtually walk into a living room and talk to you - her image travelling over seas and countries over the Internet.

Chuck hovered in the air, hands clasped, in an earnest discussion with his CEO, John Chambers, Chairman of Cisco. Chuck Stucki, VP and GM, Telepresence Systems, Cisco, and Marthin De Beer, Senior Vice-President for Cisco's Emerging Market Technology Group, were in their offices 14,079 km from Bangalore.

San Jose was jolted by an earthquake, informed De Beer. "But we are fine, as you can see." The 250 spectators nodded. Cisco's Telepresence has become `cuter', as Chambers put it, with holographic meetings replacing video conferencing in the near future. Cisco and Musion System will be marketing this as part of Cisco's Telepresence range of video conferencing products.

Three-dimensional holographic conferencing will first be used at large expositions and conferences, and would later trickle down to enterprises. Over time, it might even be used by us at home. Your grandmother could virtually walk into a living room and talk to you - her image travelling over seas and countries over the Internet. A teacher could face 50 students and give a lecture complete with expressions and body language. The possibilities of this decidedly realistic application are numerous.

HOW IT WORKS

Is it a trick? Chuck's image was captured by a high-definition video camera and transmitted over a 5 MBps LAN to Bangalore using Cisco's CTS 3000, which streams three video streams and four discrete high-fidelity audio streams. A projector `beams' this onto the stage.

[via Business Line]






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