Defining Telepresence

5:55 PM -- There's a lot of confusion over what exactly telepresence is. Is it really anything more than just a buzzword? The most common answer you get from a telepresence vendor is that unlike video conferencing, it makes you feel like you're in the same room as the other person and forget that there's technology involved. But isn't this a rather subjective definition?

Cisco, while discussing its latest efforts in telepresence, offered a few hard numbers to start the conversation. (See Cisco Rolls Out TP.) Here're a few things that should be a requirement for defining something as being immersive enough to call telepresence:

  • The resolution must be at least 1080 pixels
  • The images must be life sized, which means a 65-inch screen
  • The voice quality must be realistic, which means spacial audio

It's not the be-all and end-all definition, but it seems like a good place to start.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

yeoldetechy 12/5/2012 | 3:39:46 PM
re: Defining Telepresence I defined Personal Telepresence over 14 years ago.

See these links:

Abstract: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/...

Video: http://yeoldetechy.blogspot.co...

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