TeleHuman: Life-Sized Holograms for Videoconferencing


Sun, May 6th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Los Angeles Times brings to attention a project by researchers from Canada's Queen University called TeleHuman. The device is a 3-D video conferencing pod that permits users to "see the person they are talking to in 360-degree holographic-like clarity."

The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Canada has developed a Star Trek-like human-size 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.

The technology is called TeleHuman and looks like something from the Star Trek Holodeck. Two people simply stand 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. Since 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.

The researchers also created a 3D holographic anatomical browser called BodiPod, which allows students to examine medical imaging data using the cylindrical display



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