The 21st century idea of an extension of the telephone, one in which people feel they are together in a shared space, is often called teleimmersion or telexistence. In order to take the idea further for practical application, several projects are now being carried out worldwide. In Japan, JST (Japan Science and Technology Corporation) awarded Professor Susumu Tachi of the University of Tokyo the CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) project "Telexistence Communication Systems" to run from November 1, 2000, to October 31, 2005. This book is compiled as the proceedings of CREST Symposium on Telecommunication, Teleimmersion and Telexistence, which was held at the Auditorium of the University of Tokyo, Japan on December 3, 2002.
Preface/Acknowledgments/About the Authors/Two Ways of Mutual Telexistence:TELESAR and TWISTER/Teleimmersion and Visualization with the OPTIPuter/Ray-Based Approach to Integrated 3D Visual Communication/Immersive Elecronic Books for Teaching Surgical Procedures/Wearable Computers and Ubiquitous Media Space