Today, in spite of advanced video conferencing, shared virtual environments, and gaming environments such as Second Life, it is still simply much more efficient to physically travel to remote location for business, scientific or family meetings—even if at a huge environmental, energetic and opportunity cost.

The science and technology developed in BEAMING will for the first time give people a real sense of physically being in a remote location with other people, and vice versa—without actually travelling.

BEAMING is a four year FP7 EU collaborative project which started on Jan 1st 2010.

BEAMING raises a number of ethical and legal issues that are familiar from existing virtual reality and telecommunications technologies.It also raises several novel issues.

You can read more here.

Ar-Rift from Will Steptoe at UCL featured on BBC and Gamespot

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The AR-Rift from Will Steptoe at UCL has been featured in several high profile pieces:

 

Neelie Kroes visiting the Beaming stand at ICT 2013 in Vilnius

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Neelie Kroes came by to see Anton from Starlab beam back to the EventLAB in Barcelona to chat with Mel.

 

Mel Slater interviewed by UBTV

 Mel talks about Beaming at UB's TV channel.

 

Feeling like a child again - Beaming research published in PNAS

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Feeling like a child again Immersive virtual reality can give adults such a strong illusion of being inside a child’s body that it affects their perception of the physical sizes of objects as well as their personal attributes, according to a study. Mel Slater and colleagues use immersive virtual reality to give adults avatars. Half had the virtual body of a 4-year-old and the other half a scaled-down adult body, the same size as the child body.

BEAMING on Swiss TV

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 SFR, the swiss TV channel broadcasted a piece about BEAMING, including an interview with Mathias included.

Here is the link to the SFW webpage, with both the writen article and the videos (In swiss german).

  The interview with Mathias (more videos on the webpage)