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. Several high-profile 3-dimensional demonstrations of the technology have taken place; for instance, CNN made extensive use of the technology during coverage of the 2008 US presidential election. 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 museums you know best?

  • One challenge for Historic House museum is limited or compromised spaces. After learning more about this technology it occurred to me that beyond conducting lectures and live discussions, this could be a powerful tool for interpretation. Especially historic house museum that deploy living history or costumed interpretation, this 3D projection could possibly be an effective means of creating vignettes in rooms that have physical barriers. - robert.trio robert.trio Aug 16, 2011
  • Agreed, and distance learning is an exploding field right now! - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Sep 1, 2011

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

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