Monday, July 13, 2015

Telepresence Robots Attend Campus Tours, Classes and More at Oral Roberts U - John K. Waters, Campus Technology

A growing number of colleges and universities have been experimenting with emerging virtual reality technologies, such as the Oculus Rift, and the virtual campus tour is emerging as a potential use case. But for the Information Technology Department at Oral Roberts University, the promise of the virtual tour pales in comparison with the potential of real-time, streaming, mobile telepresence tech. "Virtual reality presents too much of a learning curve," said Michael Mathews, chief information officer at ORU. "The telepresence robot, on the other hand, is essentially just standard Web conferencing, but through an iPad mounted on a Segway. People just naturally get it. Students pick it up in minutes, and faculty don't have to go to special training sessions or feel embarrassed about their level of expertise, because the students are the ones controlling it."

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