University of Southern California The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering


iPodia Students Experiencing Cisco TelePresence

Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect at a place other than their true location. A popular application is found in telepresence videoconferencing, the highest possible level of videotelephony. Telepresence via video deploys greater technical sophistication and improved fidelity of both sight and sound than in traditional videoconferencing. Technical advancements in mobile collaboration have also extended the capabilities of videoconferencing beyond the boardroom for use with hand-held mobile devices, enabling collaboration independent of location. In iPodia, TelePresence is utilized to create an immersive "no-distance" learning environment.