So you think that video calls with the Samsung Galaxy S3‘s 1.9-megapixel front facing camera is the bee’s knees? Well, sorry to burst your South Korean bubble, but Professor Roel Vertegaal’s 3D cylindrical display surely blows all current forms of videoconferencing out of the water. Known as the TeleHuman, this particular display will enable folks in different locations to hold a video conference as though they were in front of one another. You will be able to hold conversations with a life-size 3D holographic image of another person, and even better is, you need not worry about getting a whiff of the body odor especially after your contact has just finished a gym session.

On the other hand, however, it lacks the human touch – which is something star-crossed lovers separated by a long distance would give almost anything (short of a flight ticket) to hold one another physically without having to let go. The 3D video image is visible 360 degrees around the pod, letting you view the person from all angles. What are some of the hardware used to achieve the TeleHuman? Apart from a brilliant brain, an array of Microsoft Kinect sensors, a 3D projector, a 1.8 metre-tall translucent acrylic cylinder and a convex mirror are required.

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