Using a TelePod two individuals can interact with each other, or rather a 3 dimensional holographic image of each other. To initiate the telecommunication, one needs to simply stand in front of the device’s cylindrical pod. A video of the person is then taken with a camera. The camera captures and tracks this video and converts it into a life-size hologram of the person. The hologram is projected on the receiver’s cylindrical pod. It is a complete front and back view of the person. To set up the TelePod, the research team used six Kinect sensors, a 3D projector, a translucent acrylic cylinder and a convex mirror.
This application of the TelePod for teleconferencing is called TeleHuman. Apart from this basic usage, the research team has also created a second application that’s called the BodiPod. With the help of BodiPod, a person can see the inner body parts of a person by peeling off the layers from his body to reveal a 3D X-ray. BodiPod can therefore have a great impact in the field of medicine where doctors can diagnose a patient just by looking at his BodiPod projection even if he is not in contact with the patient.