AMES, Iowa â€“ Nik Karpinsky quickly tapped out a few computer commands until Zeus, in all his bearded and statuesque glory, appeared in the middle of a holographic glass panel mounted to an office desk.
The white statue stared back at Karpinsky. Then a hand appeared and turned the full-size head to the right and to the left. Yes, it was quite clear, Zeus really was pictured in 3-D.
And there it was from one computer work station on the second floor of Iowa State Universityâ€™s Howe Hall to another down on the first floor: 3-D teleconferencing thatâ€™s live, real-time and streaming at 30 frames per second.
â€œFour years ago, this would not have been possible,â€ said Karpinsky, an Iowa State doctoral student in human computer interaction whoâ€™s been working day and night to make the technology a reality.
To read more, go to the Iowa State University News Release.