Teletouch develops a new telepresence device that allows natural collaboration between geographically separated people, enabling direct eye contact and gaze awareness among the conferees as well as a shared digital workspace. Think of it as a two-way digital whiteboard.
This interaction metaphor has clear references, in the famous 1968 demo Doug Engelbert´s teleconference merged his image with the code appearing on his monitor (image http://i.ytimg.com/vi/JfIgzSoTMOs/0.jpg ) Hiroshi Ishii´s ClearBoard (MIT Media Lab, 2000) was designed to integrate interpersonal space and shared workspace seamlessly. (image http://184.108.40.206/bilderclient/FE2001m003p.jpg ).
We a bringing to market this vision with a low cost telepresence endpoint which embodies a transparent rear-projection screen and a ultra short throw projector, delivering a real size visualization and direct eye contact together with a shared multitouch surface.
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