Telepresence — the Future of Telephony

  • Graham Walker


BT is a leading international supplier of telepresence in the form of telephony. Telepresence enables “people as content”, and there are rapidly developing and wide-ranging opportunities for broadband, mobile, multimedia telepresence services. In marked contrast with the relatively ubiquitous and consistent telephone, our vision for future telepresence services encompasses a wide variety of “terminals”, ranging in physical scale from personal wearable devices through more conventional desktop or living room hardware to immersive room-based systems. This chapter focuses on our desktop work, outlining our vision for both business and residential services, and reporting early results from user experiments.


Virtual World Residential Service Collaborative Virtual Environment Contact Space Audio Conference 
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