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Date: May 27, 2008 10:08PM
Although he was in Melbourne, Telstra's chief technology officer, Hugh Bradlow
(right), makes is presence felt at a conference in Adelaide.
May 27, 2008 - 1:47PM
Forget conference calls or video crosses - beaming your hologram interstate for
a live chat is closer to becoming a reality.
In what Telstra says is a national first, the telco today beamed a mobile three
dimensional image of its chief technology officer, Hugh Bradlow, from Melbourne
to Adelaide to give a live business presentation.
"In Melbourne, we have a high definition video camera which is filming me
as I stand here," Dr Bradlow told journalists.
"That signal is being taped across the network and the far end is using a
very smart optical projection system to create a holograph, or my virtual
presence, in Adelaide."
Dr Bradlow could see who he was talking to in Adelaide via a big, flat panel
screen, allowing the real time interaction.
"It has the look and feel of being in the same room together," he
"You can envisage this in education, in entertainment, in news media as a
holographic system, but the whole class of telepresence systems is going to be
across all businesses."
Telstra's group managing director for enterprise and government, David Thodey,
said the Musion Eyeliner System created the hologram which was delivered over
Telstra's powerful Next IP (internet protocol) system.
"We've all seen this sort of thing in futuristic sci-fi movies, but the
reality is that it can be done here and now, as we have just demonstrated,
because of the scope and capability of Telstra's world leading networks,"
Mr Thodey said.
Despite the technology, beaming holograms about is not commercially available
yet, he said.
But it could start to become commonplace in business within four or five years
and eventually in homes.
"In the next few years, as your broadband speeds start to go faster, a step
from there to a hologram is not very far," Mr Thodey said.
"I think it is at least four or five years away (for business) before that
will be the case because the technology has to come down in price."
"This next generation network is changing the way we live and