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Queens' College Develops Telepod for Telepresence Where Participants Appear 3-D

May 4, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Queens_MediaLab_TeleHuman_System.jpgProfessor Roel Vertegaal's star trek-like 3D cylindrical display is probably as close to teleportation as we will ever get.

A Queen's University researcher has created a Star Trek-like human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other. "Why skype when you can talk to a life-size 3D holographic image of another person?" says professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab.

TeleHuman_Parallax.jpgThe technology Dr. Vertegaal and researchers at the Queen's Human Media Lab have developed is called TeleHuman and looks like something from the Star Trek holodeck. One person simply stands in front of their own life-size cylindrical pods and talk to 3D hologram-like images of each other. Cameras capture and track 3D video and convert it into the life-size surround image.

TeleHuman_Hardware.jpgSince the 3D video image is visible 360 degrees around the pod, the person can walk around it to see the other person's side or back.

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TeleHuman: Effects of 3D Perspective on Gaze and Pose Estimation with a Life-size Cylindrical Telepresence Pod

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