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Telepresence : BT Technologies Series - P. J. Sheppard

Telepresence

BT Technologies Series

Hardcover Published: December 2009
ISBN: 9780412847004
Number Of Pages: 383

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Telepresence is enabling human interaction at a distance, creating a sense of being present at a remote location. In the next millennium we are certain to be increasingly telepresent' both at work and at play, with an expanding market for telepresence services. As we move from a physical to an information economy, demand will grow for services which transport bits not atoms and which support the output of the human mind. Moreover, technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, and it could be suggested that we are reaching key breakpoints in client processing power and global network interconnectivity. In practice, telepresence systems utilise a very wide range of technologies. In compiling this book the editors have included chapters from across these technologies which they have broadly classified as audio, data, video and virtual environments. Telepresence gives a flavour of the exciting developments in telepresence and teleconferencing technologies being researched and developed within BT. Just as the telephone began changing the world a century ago, so will telepresence one day alter the way we live, think, do business and react to the world around us. The potential for these technologies is staggering, the implications mind-boggling. Building on a strong base of established audiovisual conferencing and interactive multimedia services, BT and MCI are leading the way in defining the commercial applications of telepresence that will shape the future of global telecommunication. Telepresence is a snapshot of these groundbreaking activities and conveys the complexity, uncertainty and enthusiasm involved in this challenging and exciting work. It is essential reading for all researchers, engineers and managers working in this stimulating field.

Contributors
Preface
Telepresence - the future of telephonyp. 1
The evolution of conferencingp. 14
Unattended audio conferencingp. 27
Spatial audio technology for telepresencep. 40
Desktop conversations - the future of multimedia conferencingp. 57
Conferencing on the Internetp. 74
Whither video? - pictorial culture and telepresencep. 99
Video coding - techniques, standards and applicationsp. 142
Evaluating the network and usability characteristics of virtual reality conferencingp. 170
Virtual conferencingp. 208
Interactive collaborative media environmentsp. 227
Real peple in surreal environmentsp. 244
Affective intelligence - the missing linkp. 263
Towards a multi-modal perceptual modelp. 286
Distributed entertainment environmentp. 306
The application of telepresence in medicinep. 323
Applying telepresence to educationp. 334
Concept 2010 - BT's new generation dealing deskp. 350
Appendix: List of Acronymsp. 367
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780412847004
ISBN-10: 0412847000
Series: BT Technologies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 383
Published: December 2009
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.73