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December 2009 Archives

3D Video and Live Conferencing

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I was recently learning about telepresence bridging capabilities on Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail and began to think about how far we have come with videoconferencing over the past 15 years.  The quality of high definition videoconferencing and the ease of use of full telepresence systems like those offered by Cisco is a considerable communication achievement.  Not unlike the communication screen on the Star Trek bridge or those used in other sci-fi movies and television series.  A related topic of discussion was the blue screen people on content feature of Polycom videoconferencing systems where you can use blue screen technology to insert content behind your live video image. With this I began to think about the next big thing and what another 10 to15 years will bring us for video communications. Recently 3D viewing for television and video has been a hot topic in broadcasting and film. In terms of display technologies, Barco has a variety of immersive stereoscopic displays that are currently being used for entertainment, visualiztion and research.  Barco and Tandberg have already worked together on Telepresence display solutions.  With the pending acquisition of Tandberg by Cisco, I see this partnership continuing into the 3D HD telepresence realm. Reflecting how this technology can be applied to traditional 2D video images to create 3D video in anaglyph, stereoscopic, and autostereoscopic views, or incorporated into specialized cameras to create 3D images from the start, I think we are quickly moving in this direction.  Given the computational power of computer chips and graphics cards, combined with the increasing availability of network bandwidth, how soon might we see wide adoption of 3D videoconferencing?  My guess is it will be cost effective and broadly adopted in 7-10 years.
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Of Boundless Human Limits

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I recently read two stories regarding incredible displays of human strength, willpower and endurance and found myself compelled to share them.  As someone who has participated in relatively short hikes and frequently runs and bikes what I would consider a good number of miles on a regular basis, I find these accomplishments incredible.
The first of which is the story of Wayne P. Kurtz who was the first American to compete in the DECA IronMan World Championship held in Monterrey Mexico from November 9-19th, 2009.  With a total time of 141:28:26 Wayne finished 5th overall in this grueling event that consists of ten Ironman triathlons in ten days resulting in 24 miles swimming, 1112 miles biking, 262 miles running.  For more information on Wayne and his accomplishments check out http://www.ultratriguy.blogspot.com/
For those that are looking for ultra running and triathlon information go to:
International Ultra Triathlon Association, http://www.iutasport.com/ Ultra Running Magazine http://www.ultrarunning.com/
The next story is that of Todd Carmichael the first American to complete a near death 39 day, almost 700 mile solo trek across the ice and snow of Antarctica to the South Pole, with temperatures reaching 35 below zero and 100 mile per hour wind gusts slamming into him while pulling a 250 plus pound sled of supplies and gear. In the end Todd set a new speed record of 39 days 7 hours and 49 minutes for the journey.  For more information on Todd's amazing story and video of his experience, check out his blog and YouTube Channel at:
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