Movies? TV? Books? Video Games? Telepresence is everywhere!
Have you ever been wondering if and where Telepresence technology is used in media? I have been paying close attention and noting down appearances of Telepresence technology in movies, TV, books or video games and researching on the internet for a while and wanted to share the list with all of you.
Naturally many movies were books in the beginning but surely not all of them. That is why I still include a category about Telepresence in books, in case there was no movie made or in case I just have not seen the movie to validate the appearance of Telepresence in it.
Also this list includes only Telepresence technologies that provide the ability to have visual communication (or video conference) with a person in a remote location and does not include Telepresence as in “being” somewhere apart from your physical body (e.g. The Matrix, Surrogates, Avatar, etc.).
Lastly before we start let me invite you for Telepresence spotting in the media. If you find something, that is not yet listed, please go ahead and drop it in the comments below and it will be added. That way we can all help to grow this list further.
- American Pie
- Apollo 18
- Back to the Future
- Battle: Los Angeles
- Battleship (product placement by Cisco)
- Code 46
- Demolition Man
- Flash Gordon (mentioned by Kevin Buechler of LifeSize)
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
- It’s Complicated (mentioned by Anne from VSee)
- Modern Times
- Robot & Frank
- Scary Movie 5
- Source Code
- Speaking Parts
- The Machine Stops
- The Medallion
- The Running Man
- Total Recall
- Transformers (product placement by Cisco)
- Tropic Thunder
- (T)Raumschiff Surprise – Periode 1
- 24 (product placement by Cisco)
- Big Bang Theory
- Bubblegum Crisis
- CSI: NY
- How I met your mother
- Melissa & Joey
- NCIS: Los Angeles (product placement by Cisco)
- Rules of Engagement
- Sleeper Cell
- South Park
- Star Trek
- That ’70s Show
- The Jetsons
- The Simpsons
- Two and a Half Men
- Borderlands series
- Command & Conquer series
- Halo series
- Half-Life 2: Episode 2
- Resident Evil series
- Splinter Cell: Conviction (product placement by Cisco)
- The Witcher 2
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Haunted from within
I hope you enjoyed our list of Telepresence in the media. If I spot something new, I will update the article as well and please feel encouraged to add comments below if you know other appearances that should be added to this list.
Cisco TelePresence in Michael Bay’s Transformers 3
Revolve Robotics to turn your tablet into a Telepresence device soon?
The sleek design and the wide range of possible applications for Kubi allows you to use it as personal Telepresence device for the home office as well as it could provide a low-budget Telepresence solution to small to medium-sized meeting rooms.
Who is Revolve Robotics?
How to get it?
Kubi is currently available for pre-order at indiegogo.com for the price of $199 instead of the targeted retail price of $249. As this is a new product you may also support the Revolve Robotics start-up and the Kubi tablet stand on the very same web page.
What can it be used with?
Kubi is designed and tested to work with the Apple tablet line-up (e.g. iPad3, iPad4 and iPad mini) but it is said to be basically compatible with every device that supports Bluetooth 4.0 as well. An iOS app is currently on the way as per developers and an Android solution is planned to be completed in the future as well.
Technically this would include newer smartphones as well, however the current Kubi model does not have arms small enough to hold the device properly. Perhaps Revolve Robotics will surprise us in the future with a solution that concentrates entirely on smartphones and similar devices.
How does it look like?
Product designs like the Kubi and start-ups like Revolve Robotics indicate that both Telepresence technology as well as BYOD is not just a trend in the market. The applications and the hardware might change but at least two things are clear:
- Telepresence (a.k.a. Video Conferencing) is here to stay
- Enterprise and consumer technology will continue to merge
That much being said I am looking forward to hear more from Kubi as well as from the start-up company Revolve Robotics and wish them all the best for the release of their high-tech tablet stand.
The Introduction of Kubi
Nintendo and Vidyo announced that the new Nintendo Wii U console will support the Telepresence technology from Vidyo. Users will be able to use their Nintendo Wii U now to make video calls to other players. This Telepresence solution was introduced in November under the name “Wii U Chat” (Video attached below).
The scope of service will be first for point-to-point connections only but it perhaps this can be enhanced to a multi-site-call, similar to the Google Hangout, in the future. This is the first step of bringing enterprise grade Telepresence technology into the homes of families and not only into an enterprise boardroom. This is an important step for Vidyo to take and shows again the success and potential of software-based Telepresence solutions as well as the importance of BYOD. We are excited about this news and hope we see new revelations in the market of Telepresence solutions for consumers soon.
Product presentation with Satoru Iwata & Reggie Fils-Aime