It’s straight out of Star Trek and is set to radically change how meetings look and function. Roel Vertegaal, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Queen’s University School of Computing, has developed TeleHuman 2 – the world’s first truly holographic videoconferencing system. The technology developed by Dr. Vertegaal and his team allows live, 3D images of a human to be “teleported” live into a different room, where multiple people can see it, hear it, and walk around it.
Dr. Vertegaal says the technology could make a big impact in the workplace and beyond: “Imagine a performer capable of appearing simultaneously, and in true 3D, on TeleHuman 2 devices throughout the venue – bringing a whole new level of audience intimacy to a performance. The TeleHuman technology could even mitigate environmental impacts of business travel – enabling organizations to conduct more engaging and effective meetings from a distance, rather than having to appear in person.”