Telepresence is the use of digital video and networking technology to enable remote individuals to interact as if they were in the same room. The main component of telepresence is that the users are stimulated in such a way that the feel as though they are a part of the remote location. For instance, in corporate settings, meetings between employees who are located in other towns or cities can be conducted using microphones, video cameras and large video screens.
History of telepresence
According to scientist Marvin Minsky, the concept of telepresence originated in a 1942 short story by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein. Today, telepresence technologies include autonomous robots, holograms, virtual reality, and mechanical interfaces that can create the physical likeness of a remote user's moving hands.