The teleXLR8 project has been running as a free, invitation-only beta from March to November 2010, using Teleplace. We are now continuing the project using the open source OpenQwaq technology. See also this teleXLR8 overview.
teleXLR8 is a telepresence community for cultural acceleration. We produce online events, featuring first class content and speakers, with the best system for e-learning, collaboration and videoconferencing in an online 3D environment: OpenQwaq. See also some external coverage of our work.
VIDEO – teleXLR8 highlights 2010 – This short video features some highlights of the teleXLR8 program in 2010.
Short version (5 min 40 sec) – Blip.tv | Youtube | Vimeo
Long version (1 hour 5 min) – Blip.tv | Youtube | Vimeo
The full video coverage of our 2010 program can be found at our channels on Blip.tv | Youtube | Vimeo.
From our manifesto Telepresence Education for a Smarter World: Immersive online collaboration technologies such as VoIP, IPTV, videoconferencing, online sensor networks (IoT, Internet of Things), 3D Virtual Reality (VR) technologies developed by the gaming industry, and Augmented Reality, are converging to create powerful telepresence platforms. Wikipedia (another wildly popular Internet success story) defines telepresence as “a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance that they were present, or to have an effect, at a location other than their true location.” Telepresence systems offer a very high degree of immersion and give an impression of “being there” so powerful to permit users suspending disbelief and becoming fully engaged in the online experience. The telepresence term is often used in a slightly more specific sense, but we use it in a general sense to include immersive 3D virtual environments.
We believe interactive and immersive telepresence technology, with integrated videoconferencing, document sharing and collaboration in 3D virtual reality, can accelerate our global cultural development by permitting people to fully participate, interactively and immersively, in their favorite interest groups and intentional communities, independently of their geographical locations.
The explosion of the Internet in the 90s has, by permitting the rapid spread of world-changing ideas, initiated this process whose results are beginning to be very clearly evident in today’s world. The explosion of telepresence in the 10s will accelerate it forward. By reducing the need for physical travel, telepresence can also save the planet and make it greener, and give us a better quality of life.