It enables new applications such as digital libraries, virtual laboratories, distance-independent learning and tele-immersion
. With this, Ballard brings the sea's underworld to students--in real time--as he brings it aboard his ship--without the students having to submerge, says Lamphere's Superintendent James McCann.
Among the many challenges for tele-immersion
is to use high bandwidth to project users in 3-D and in real time from at least two, if not three or more, distant locations.
This would allow two computers running an application like tele-immersion
to communicate at the high speeds required for real-time interaction.