Tele-Immersion: Human Interaction at a Distance
Offices equipped with computer vision and graphics systems
that approximate the illusion you're in the same physical
space as others who may be thousands of miles away - the
idea is called tele-immersion. It's a new medium to foster
realistic human interaction across geographical distance.
In October 2001, PSC received an award - through the
National Science Foundation Information Technology Research
program - to collaborate with computer scientists at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the
University of Pennsylvania to develop and test a prototype
tele-immersion system. The real-time focus of tele-immersion
presents a novel use of large-scale computing systems, such
as LeMieux, PSC's terascale system. The PSC networking group
is developing mechanisms to minimize delays in data
transmission to and from other sites.