Teleportals Go Social, Expect Them to "Expand"

May 30 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: The Web   Year: 2008   Rating: 8 Hot

A social exhibit called the telectroscope allows crowds in London and New York to interact with one another through a video “tunnel”, aka a giant webcam.

Conceived by installation artist Paul St. George, the device is named after the first word used to describe the possibility of a 2-way television back in 1878 and is stylized to look like an invention by H.G. Wells.

Despite its relative simplicity, the exhibit is drawing considerable attention in both real life and through the blogosphere, indicating that it has struck a chord with the popular imagination.

As LED and OLED interfaces get cheaper and web connections get faster, we can expect such tele-portals to expand in size and resolution and to proliferate. Just imagine how fascinating the next generation of huge interactive windows to different cities, concerts, real-time news events, etc, will turn out to be, and what sorts of new behavior they will make possible. (cont.)

Of course, as telepresence becomes the norm thanks to an explosion of video enabled mobile devices and new home products this will quickly become less and less exciting, but it’s a useful trend-line that can help us to visualize what the near-term future has in store for us.

Ultimately, what I see is a world in which teleportals gradually pop up like holes in swiss cheese until every single point on the grid has the potential to be connected with every other point.

(image credit to Tiscali)

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  1. It’s funny and interesting to note the similarities between the telectroscope exhibit and this conceptual image of a wormhole in space-time. Perhaps goes to show that the line between communication and travel may be more blurry than we presume.

    Posted by: Alvis Brigis   June 02, 2008
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