Just when you thought the present was beginning to be what you imagined the future would be like, a research team at Queen’s University has created a human-scale 3D hologram pod that allows people in different locations to videoconference as if they are standing in front of each other. Called TeleHuman, the technology is the creation of professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab, and his graduate team at the Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
How much presence do you need when you are video conferencing? This promises a 3-D hologram. But when I was trying to skype with my own kids (20/30 somethings) they wanted to see ME but did not want me to see them.
I think the psycho-sociology of video conferencing is more nuanced than on/off and equal transmissions on either end of the conversation.