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Gaming Technology Creates New Telepresence Concepts

August 7, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story by Electronic Design

Plextek is using Oculus Rift, a virtual reality gaming headset, to develop a series of immersive telepresence technology concepts. Immersive telepresence uses a video communications system to simulate complete user immersion in a remote location. Among endless possible use cases, it could help drive efficiency in the medical industry by allowing healthcare professionals to carry out remote examinations and diagnoses.

Using a forward-facing camera on the Oculus Rift to achieve a fully immersive virtual reality effect brings difficulties in accurately aligning the real and virtual world whilst maintaining a low latency. Low latency is a necessity in these applications to avoid nausea, as a delay of more than a few tens of milliseconds can significantly degrade the user experience.

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