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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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