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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
On most afternoons, Chief Judge Wendy Potts faces a full docket and an empty courtroom. With the use of a high-speed digital video-conferencing system, Potts can see the accused whose cases come before her -- every facial wrinkle and every eye blink -- and they can see her inside Oakland County's 6th Judicial Circuit Court from their jail cells across the street.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
In the frantic days after 9/11, Lewis B. Freeman was sure of one thing: His world was about to get a lot smaller. Freeman, a forensic accountant in South Florida, was in a rental car returning from a San Francisco business trip. With all flights grounded, it was the easiest way to get home. At that moment, the routine of frequent flying for business appeared outdated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
The day's lesson was on economics and culture. The other goal: to foster international understanding, connecting high school students in America with their counterparts in Germany. As events unfolded at Ganesha High School in Pomona on Thursday, that would indeed happen. But connections of a different sort also took place, the kind high school students can relate to on both sides of the Atlantic.
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April 4, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
On most afternoons, Chief Judge Wendy Potts faces a full docket and an empty courtroom. With the use of a high-speed digital video-conferencing system, Potts can see the accused whose cases come before her -- every facial wrinkle and every eye blink -- and they can see her inside Oakland County's 6th Judicial Circuit Court from their jail cells across the street.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
When the plump seals, walruses and occasional beluga whale arrive in the frigid waters off this Bering Sea village, many plastic chairs in the Paul T. Albert Memorial School sit empty. But on a recent morning, with the big hunt still months away, five Yupik Eskimos were learning geometry. "Who can name a pair of parallel planes?" asked teacher Kim Abolafia as she motioned toward a geometric shape labeled with an alphabet soup of letters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1996 | NONA YATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long-distance relationships carried out over computer networks are not so unusual anymore. But Francie and Quinten Black's marriage is a bit different from most. They can see and talk to each other over the Internet. Married since 1990, the Blacks were faced with a dilemma when Quinten, 31, was accepted into medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. Francie, 28, had to stay in Los Angeles to finish her MBA at Pepperdine.
HOME & GARDEN
July 17, 2003 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Having a bad hair day used to not matter on the Internet. But last month Apple introduced the first practical software for online video chats. With a fairly inexpensive camera-microphone unit that sits atop the computer and a broadband connection, you can communicate with people around the world not just by typing, but with talking, laughing, hand gestures and smiles. You can say hello to a loved one far away, show off the baby, hold philosophical discussions and, of course, flirt.
NEWS
September 20, 2001 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS and JAMES S. GRANELLI, elizabeth.douglass@latimes.com, james.granelli@latimes.com
The economy and corporate budgets are in sharp decline, new safety checks have made moving through airports slower than ever, and there's a general reluctance to travel in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks. If corporate America is to attempt some semblance of normality, there must be meetings with customers, suppliers, far-flung co-workers, bankers, lawyers and distributors.
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