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  The Herman Trend Alert

January 2, 2002


Those of us who watch Star Trek or have seen the Star Wars movies have been intrigued by the technology displayed in these future-oriented productions.

Imagine if some of those technologies, projected for several centuries in the future, would be available now!

Fixing meals would be so much easier with a replicator. And wouldn't it be wonderful if we could simply transport ourselves instantly from one place to another? And holographic images, like on the Enterprise holodeck. Remember that early scene in Star Wars, where the robot R2-D2 projects into the room a holographic image of Princess Leia, imploring Obi-Wan Kenobi to help defeat the Empire? Her image was lifelike and three-dimensional, but it was

a cinematic gimmick reserved for movies. Until now. . .

A technology that appears similar is now a reality, thanks to a patent- applied-for process developed by Teleportec, Ltd, Manchester, England. Their Global Headquarters is in Dallas, Texas, in the United States. The company's mission is "to establish the global standard for face-to-face distance communication." Being first in their field, a potentially large and exciting one, suggests that they're certainly fulfilling their mission. Learn more about this intriguing organization and technology at

Teleportation technology allows an image to be projected, real-time, to a location anywhere in the world that support three-pair ISDN lines. Digital teleportation is defined by the company as "the transmission of a life-size image of a person to appear at a distant location where the person has a telepresence for engaging in face-to-face communication with people at the distant location."

A special camera captures the subject's image, digitizes it and transmits it to a remote location over any high-speed line capable of carrying audio and

video signals. The image is then funneled through a beam splitter and projected, giving it a three-dimensional effect.

Imagine what this technology might do for the meetings industry! We can move corporate videoconferences to a whole new height! The possibilities are limited only by one's imagination. As the technology develops further, even more applications will be developed. May the force be with us.

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