Internet Collaboration: Second Life, VOIP, Video Conferencing, Virtual Reality & Telepresence

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  • 0:04 Internet Collaboration
  • 0:28 Second Life & VoIP
  • 1:36 Video Conferencing &…
  • 2:26 Telepresence
  • 3:06 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Meghalee Goswami
Today, individuals and businesses are collaborating and interacting online from dispersed locations. Many technologies make it possible to communicate, learn, conduct business, and socialize with people from anywhere in the world. This lesson will discuss various Internet collaboration tools and virtual reality concepts.

Internet Collaboration

The speed with which technology is advancing ensures that geographical boundaries are a thing of the past. Telecommunication is a word that's often heard and realized in the modern day. Data can be transferred at any corner of the globe at any instance in time. Let's walk through the various types of technologies used for creating collaboration and establishing a connected life.

Second Life & VOIP

Second Life is an online virtual world wherein users (residents) create a virtual representation of themselves, called avatars. Through these, they can communicate, socialize, shop, and participate in business activities with other avatars and virtual objects in the outside world. This is called a grid. It's intended for people aged 16 and above. Second Life uses its own virtual currency, called the linden dollar, which is exchangeable with real world currencies. This technology features 3D-based generated user content.

VOIP is an acronym which stands for 'Voice Over Internet Protocol.' It enables long-distance communication between people free of charge using the Internet. It includes facilities like web conferencing, where a call can be initiated with up to nine people simultaneously. Voicemails can also be sent. Skype is a common application that uses VOIP technology. It enables video calls, audio calls, and instant messaging. This can save on travel costs. In VOIP, data is exchanged in digital form.

Video Conferencing & Virtual Reality

Video conferencing is a technology where people at dispersed locations can see and hear each other in a virtual environment. This technology saves travel costs and facilitates face-to-face meeting among people. Applications like Google Talk and Microsoft NetMeeting can be used for this purpose.

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