iSee, it's One Step into 3D


STEP into the virtual world of iSee, a new technology that researchers from the University of Wollongong believe could revolutionise video-conferencing.


There is no comparison to be made between a traditional Skype session and the interactive, three-dimensional environment that was on display at Kiama's NBN Futures Expo yesterday.


Using iSee, people are transformed into video versions of themselves, called avatars, and can interact with others online in much the same way as they would in the real world.


You can explore customised virtual environments - be it a boardroom, lecture hall or anything else - share information and have face-to-face conversations with people on the other side of the world.


"ISee is a collaborative environment that allows you to take normal social protocol into a virtual environment," Dean of UOW's Faculty of Informatics Professor Philip Ogunbona said.


The technology supports up to 100 people in one space and allows multiple groups of people to break away simultaneously to hold private conversations.


Prof Ogunbona said the technology could extend from business through to health and education in areas such as virtual consultations or seminars.


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