Canadian researchers have created a revolutionary 3-D display system that can transmit a life-size, 360 degree image of a human without the use of any accessory devices, NBC News reports. The technology resembling devices from science-fiction media could pave the way for ultra-realistic "telepresence," allowing you to "project" yourself remotely into meetings or for musicians to make virtual appearances at concerts.
Lead researcher and professor of human-computer interaction at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada Roel Vertegaal says that the 3-D images appear realistic from every angle and to multiple viewers at once.
“It is quite beautiful,” Vertegaal said. “The screen is not perfect, but the human appears to be standing in the cylinder.”
The system, nicknamed "TeleHuman 2," employs three stereoscopic cameras that record the subject to take videos from the subject's front, sides, and back. Information about the subject's shape and appearance is then transmitted to the 6-foot-high cylindrical screen known as “telepods” where they are displayed.
According to Vertegaal, the first way the new display technology will be used is likely for teleconferencing. It requires relatively low Internet bandwidth, using six times the amount that a standard 2-D video call uses. He envisioned a near future where corporate meeting areas are equipped with "telepods" to allow for a virtual human presence.