ACME – Augmented Collaboration in Mixed Environments

I couldn’t decide whether I should dedicate a whole post or just a tweet to the next project. On the one hand, I don’t know much about it, and its homepage is in Finnish. On the other hand, the video is in English, and shows a concept that can become a huge buisness – augmented telepresence:

In a nutshell telepresence is a turbo-charged version of video-conference, that aspire to give you the feeling that you are really in the remote location. There are some companies around the world that invest loads of money in developing better and better telepresence experiences, because they believe it’s going to be a billion-dollar market. Now, is there a better experience than seeing your remote pal in 3d across the table?

Obviously, ACME, the project featured in the above video, doesn’t come close to making this idea a reality. But it does let you see you companion’s avatar, which mimics his gestures, and share with him a virtual desktop.

4 Responses

  1. I must admit I’m not too convienced we will ever want to have buisness meetings with avatars.
    I think the solution would more involve video feeds…even if the person ends up being a 2d-cut out, rather then a true 3d object.

    AR will be massively usefull though in meetings regardless, as the power to conceptually see all their assets and play with things in real time has dozens of use’s.
    Especialy for industarys that would normaly use physical models

  2. Ah, I wasn’t that clear. I meant 3d video representation (hologram), not avatar. But avatar is a start.

  3. Certainly!
    Its all stepping stones.

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