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. Both 2D and 3D telepresence have been employed as a means of making it seem as though a user is in a location when they physically are not. This is a technique intended to make collaboration feel more seamless and replicate the benefits of face-to-face communication. 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?

  • Offering virtual access to inaccessible places (chemistry, hazards, travelling distance etc) - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • Offering pedagogy in specialist areas over distance to individuals or groups who for spatial or temporal reasons cannot participate within the museum. Such work is carried out in Göteborg at Göteborgs Stadsmuseum using Double Robotics robot. The same robot is tested at Akvarellmuseet in Tjörn. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
  • I can imagine many areas where you could benefit from this technology. Everything from students with home language education and where you may not be able to collect more students with the same language and level at the same school. I can imagine that with hjläp of this technology can streamline home language teaching and also get the more individualiaerad when students at the same level can have the opportunity to talk together.
    Probably, one can also use this for student in other languages for newly arrived students.
    I also see applications in terms of cooperation between teachers then physics teachers from other schools may have qualitative meetings and work together without having to travel. This can also be useful when the new teacher may need the guidance of someone more experienced or at schools in sparsely built to the collateral quality. - helena.kvarnsell helena.kvarnsell Dec 7, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Telepresence robots - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • There is still a need for futher development of these technologies. One important factor for percieving conversation through telepresence is eye contact, which still is lacking i most available technologies. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
  • Telepresence technologies may also have a potential for formal educational school settings in certain cases. They might be for example giving students a possibility of staying in their class when they cannot physically attend, such as when at hospital and such. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • PBL in inaccessible environments - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • Providing an opportunity for qualified learning experiences that today are hard to provide due to temporal or spatial issues. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014 - stefan stefan Dec 7, 2014
  • Providing children with special needs further opportunities to use technologies to attend school in a meaningful way. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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