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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.
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.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1999 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID
I remember hearing about videophones for the first time from my parents, who saw the concept demonstrated at the AT&T pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair. It was only a technology demonstration back then, but today it's real. By adding a small video camera, ranging from $79 to about $150, anyone with a PC and an Internet connection can place and receive videophone calls.
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.
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
June 28, 1998 | SHERWOOD ROSS, REUTERS
After New Yorker Laura McCormick did well in a phone interview with an executive at Kinko's Inc.'s headquarters in Ventura, she was invited to have a second interview--at Kinko's videoconference center in Manhattan. "It was very exciting," McCormick recalled. "I could see the person I was speaking to on one video monitor and could see my own face on another, so I knew how I was coming across.
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