Photos: What's inside France Telecom's Paris R&D Labs

Photos: What's inside France Telecom's Paris R&D Labs

Summary: Mobile TV glasses, LED sweaters and a full-size virtual boss

TOPICS: Networking

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  • 2D gaming, it appears, is so over. Quintesens visuals are specially made to work with another pair of ridiculous glasses. The blurry effect seen here, combined with the glasses, helps to turn the visuals 3D. Here, the system is being used to guide the user around a château in France.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

  • This is France Telecom's Real Meet system - videoconferencing with a bit of virtual reality thrown in. Here, the video screens are enlarged, making the virtual participants appear nearly the same size as they really are.

    Microphones and speakers are distributed along the side of the meeting room to recreate the location of participants' voices more accurately - when an attendee walks from left to right, participants in the virtual world will hear volume levels fall or increase, depending on where they're sitting.

    Photo credit: Wanadoo

  • Perhaps one of the more outlandish examples of wearable tech, here France Telecom shows off an early version of a top capable of displaying images. This version was later binned - the fibre optics were considered too chunky and image definition was poor.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

Topic: Networking

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