2010 ANZ Short List

2010 ANZ Horizon Report Short List pdf

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

Key Trends

Critical Challenges


Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Telepresence is a form of remote conferencing in which the participants appear to be physically present in the conference space. Body language cues like eye contact are easily transmitted and interpreted because of the fidelity, size, and position of the images, and there are both 2D and 3D implementations of the technology. Several high-profile 3-dimensional demonstrations of the technology have taken place; CNN made extensive use of the technology during coverage of the 2008 US presidential election. Typically, 3D telepresence requires a specially configured space in which to capture a 360-degree image that can then be inserted into a virtual set, and viewed from any angle.

2D telepresence uses two-way high-definition video and displays, seamless integration with software and data presentation tools, and full-surround spatial audio, all configured within a specially designed room to create a sense of physical presence on both sides of the exchange. Often the furniture in such rooms is configured to enhance the experience, which can be quite immersive.

Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Enquiry

  • Telepresence can be used to bring outside expertise into the classroom without requiring expensive travel or taking up too much of experts’ time.
  • Access to telepresence technology for students could facilitate increased collaboration with peers around the globe.
  • Telepresence is being used to some degree in the medical and pharmaceutical industries for training, project collaboration, and advising; educational applications in these fields are likely places in which they will develop.

Telepresence in Practice

  • Vidyo is a relatively new system that provides 2D telepresence at a lower cost than previous systems, representing a possible new direction for growth: http://www.vidyo.com/
  • Since 2008, Rochester Institute of Technology has participated in an international project to pilot technology for telemedicine, including remote collaboration on surgical operations: http://www.rit.edu/news/release.php?id=46422
  • TelepresenceTech markets systems for both 2D and 3D telepresence: http://telepresencetech.com

For Further Reading

Cisco TelePresence on NLR
(National LambdaRail, accessed 14 September 2010.) National LambdaRail, a high-speed national US network operated by research and education organizations, maintains a network of telepresence rooms that spans the globe.

A One-Day Lesson in Telepresence Basics
(Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek’s Digital Life Weblog, June 2007.) This post describes 3D telepresence, some potential applications, benefits, and drawbacks.

Telepresence World Overview
(Telepresence World, accessed September 14, 2010.) This website for the Telepresence World conference includes an overview that describes telepresence and its applications.