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May 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Skype and video iChat are great, but traditional video conferencing tools are so two-dimensional. Just imagine if you could talk to a friend or colleague in holographic 3-D. Well, you may soon be able to. Researchers at Queen's University have created a life-sized, 3-D video conferencing pod that allows users to see the person they are talking to in 360-degree holographic-like clarity. They call it the TeleHuman. But before images of Princess Leia telling Obi-Wan Kenobi that he is her only hope start dancing in your head, know that the 3-D holographic image only works if you have what looks like a giant cylindrical floor lamp made of acrylic that can display the life-sized 3-D holographic image in your home or office.
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May 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Skype and video iChat are great, but traditional video conferencing tools are so two-dimensional. Just imagine if you could talk to a friend or colleague in holographic 3-D. Well, you may soon be able to. Researchers at Queen's University have created a life-sized, 3-D video conferencing pod that allows users to see the person they are talking to in 360-degree holographic-like clarity. They call it the TeleHuman. But before images of Princess Leia telling Obi-Wan Kenobi that he is her only hope start dancing in your head, know that the 3-D holographic image only works if you have what looks like a giant cylindrical floor lamp made of acrylic that can display the life-sized 3-D holographic image in your home or office.
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BUSINESS
February 28, 1989 | JOHN BURGESS, Washington Post
After decades of false starts and unfulfilled promises, video conferencing is beginning to make a dent in the American workplace. Growing numbers of companies and government agencies are setting up video rooms that allow people separated by a few blocks or thousands of miles to hold "meetings" via private TV, with their images and voices relayed by satellites or ground transmission systems.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2007 | From Reuters
Gilma Gomez paces the floor, anxious to see her daughter open her birthday presents. A screen blinks to life, and there is Abi sitting on her father's knee in Central America -- more than 1,500 miles away. In Los Angeles, Gomez blinks back tears and holds up a handwritten sign on a pink card that says, "God bless you my princess!" In the Guatemalan highland city of Quetzaltenango, the child squirms with happiness and breaks into a grin.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1991 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After watching rival long-distance carriers dominate the fast-growing video conferencing market, MCI Communications Corp. is finally jumping into the business. The nation's No. 2 long-distance carrier is expected to announce today that it will begin offering video conferencing communications service to be used with equipment manufactured by PictureTel Corp., a Peabody, Mass.-based firm that is one of the nation's two largest makers of video conferencing devices.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE
The budget was set for Taco Bell Inc. to purchase video conferencing equipment when a corporate jet--carrying its president and five top executives--developed trouble with its landing gear. While the January episode ended with a safe landing, it underscored to Taco Bell executives the urgency of buying the equipment to reduce business travel.
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September 9, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
San Fernando Valley and San Pedro residents would be able to testify through video-conferencing during the Los Angeles City Council's downtown meetings under a proposal that advanced Wednesday. The council's Rules and Elections Committee approved the plan and recommended that a pilot program to be tried in San Pedro and the Valley in the next 120 days and said it could be expanded to other far-flung areas of the 469-square-mile city.
BUSINESS
March 17, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
View Tech Inc. in Camarillo has reached an agreement for North American distribution of two new products made by Polycom Inc. in San Jose. View Tech will offer the Polycom ViewStation group videoconferencing system and the Polycom ShowStation IP integrated conference projector. "Given our experience and expertise in the video-conferencing industry, we firmly believe partnering with Polycom is a strategic decision for the benefit of our customers," said Robert Hatfield, View Tech's CEO.
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April 10, 1994 | ANNE MICHAUD and DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Aaron Goldberg figures he's eaten enough airplane peanuts to sink a battleship. As executive vice president of Computer Intelligence InfoCorp., a market research firm in Santa Clara, he travels often. And he is eager for the day when video conference systems will make it possible for him to stay home more. "That's appealing to frequent fliers like me," he said. Video conferencing will cut business expenses in many ways, Goldberg said.
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October 24, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Cisco Systems Inc. on Monday unveiled a videoconferencing system that transmits life-size images, setting up a rivalry with Hewlett-Packard Co. The TelePresence Meeting system, designed to enable companies with hundreds of employees and multiple offices to have face-to-face meetings, will boost customers' productivity and reduce travel costs, said Marthin De Beer, a Cisco vice president. The product may reach annual sales of $1 billion in five to seven years, he said.
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September 9, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
San Fernando Valley and San Pedro residents would be able to testify through video-conferencing during the Los Angeles City Council's downtown meetings under a proposal that advanced Wednesday. The council's Rules and Elections Committee approved the plan and recommended that a pilot program to be tried in San Pedro and the Valley in the next 120 days and said it could be expanded to other far-flung areas of the 469-square-mile city.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1998 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elias Chavando's mom got a big surprise on her 64th birthday last month. Touring the Mexico City offices of her son's new company, she found herself in a small room decorated sparsely with a pigskin chair and big-screen TV. With a flip of a switch, she came face-to-face with her children and grandchildren, beamed by satellite from the conference room of Chavando's Studio City company. They wore party hats. Chavando showed off his newborn girl. His 1 1/2-year-old danced on the table.
BUSINESS
March 17, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
View Tech Inc. in Camarillo has reached an agreement for North American distribution of two new products made by Polycom Inc. in San Jose. View Tech will offer the Polycom ViewStation group videoconferencing system and the Polycom ShowStation IP integrated conference projector. "Given our experience and expertise in the video-conferencing industry, we firmly believe partnering with Polycom is a strategic decision for the benefit of our customers," said Robert Hatfield, View Tech's CEO.
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March 26, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police officials Tuesday unveiled their vision for the future, outlining a five-year plan to equip police officers with computers and other high-tech gear that would make them better, more efficient crime fighters. "We do not have the luxury of having an officer on every block," Chief Willie L. Williams stated in a report presented to the Police Commission.
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December 17, 1995 | RICHARD LORANT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ten-year-old Jahshun Watson has leukemia, so he knows all about tests. But recently he has been taking part in one test where he does the poking and prodding. Shunnie, as he's known to his friends, is an early explorer on a computer network that allows him to play games and share his thoughts, if not his fears, with other hospitalized kids who are going through similar ordeals. By tapping on the arrow keys, he can navigate one of the network's three-dimensional play areas.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1993 | Stu Silverstein & Nancy Rivera Brooks
Talk about globalization. For job hunters with the widest of horizons, Korn/Ferry International is setting up a video-conferencing system to link its U.S. offices with London and Tokyo. At $100,000 per video installation, Korn/Ferry already has cast its telegenic embrace around its Los Angeles, New York and Chicago offices. The firm's London and Tokyo offices will join the high-tech job hunt later this year. The good news: no jet lag. The bad news: middle-of-the-night job interviews?
BUSINESS
August 23, 1994 | From Associated Press
AT&T Corp. and Intel Corp. said Monday that they will work together so video calls and conferences done via personal computer become as simple as using a regular telephone. The companies, which have developed competing desktop PC video software, said they will have those products working with each other by the end of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1995 | KARYN HUNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A chicken in every pot. A car in every garage. A computer in every room. Could it be the new American dream? Marin County, home of hot tubs, peacock feathers and New Age lifestyles, is ahead of the curve once again, introducing a 150-house subdivision that can be wired for the latest technology. The Jetsons have landed in Corte Madera at the Madera del Presidio residential development. The subdivision offers three model homes that could propel buyers well into the 21st Century.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
3 Firms to Collaborate on Video Calls: AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and Lotus Development Corp. said they will team up to develop the ability to record video conference calls among several locations. The companies--based in New York, Santa Clara, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass., respectively--said they hope to test the technology later this year and bring it to the marketplace in 1996. Analysts say the companies will face much competition.
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