A Queen's University researcher has created a life-size 3-D video conferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other.
"Why Skype when you can talk to a life-size 3-D holographic image of another person?" said professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab.
With TeleHuman, two people simply stand infront of their own life-size cylindrical pods and talks to a 3-D hologram-like images of each other. Cameras capture and track 3-D video and convert into the life-size image.
The 3-D video image is visible 360 degrees around the pod, which allows the people to walk around it to see the other person's side or back.
The pod includes a 3-D projector, a 1.8 meter-tall translucent acrylic cylinder and a convex mirror.