The Telepresence Room provides an immersive teleconferencing experience and reduces unnecessary business travel.
Business-related travel hit a peak in 2007, with over 10 million U.S. aircraft departures. Although the economic recession and telecommuting have since caused this number to decrease, flights are once again on the rise. Not only is business travel expensive and energy-intensive, but it also results in a large CO2 impact. The inadequacy of current teleconferencing technology is largely to blame; thus, improvements would go a long way towards emulating face-to-face contact and reducing unnecessary trips.
The Telepresence Room incorporates advanced telecommunications and display technologies in an immersive architectural environment. Unlike typical conferencing facilities that place an isolated monitor in a typical meeting room, the Telepresence Room is designed to bridge two remote locations as if they were one space. Everything from the furniture to the lighting is paired in two or more satellite offices, and brought together seamlessly via an interface wall with embedded cameras. The latest frameless display technology is positioned within the occupants’ cone of vision, and mirror panels above and below the monitors complete the sense of immersion.
The result is simultaneously varied and united—with the ability to connect two disparate time zones, geographies, and climates, the Telepresence Room is the next best thing to teleportation.