“Invisible” Bodies and Presentations via Hologram

Hi all,

In light of all of our wonderful (continuing!) discussions about affect and embodiment in the classroom, I thought folks might be interested in this. The study, published in Scientific Reports, shows that:

“Using clever camera angles, virtual goggles and physical caresses, a team of researchers was able to make people feel as if they had an invisible body. Furthermore, feeling invisible reduced the anxiety brought on by standing in front of an audience, the researchers found.”

Relatedly, Stephen Hawking recently lectured in Sydney via hologram. What a revolutionary way to get folks in a room with each other. I wonder if someday it could be part of a typical routine, such that bodies could “be” in a room with each other (as opposed to on a screen) and carbon footprints could go down as a result. (Admittedly, I know little about the environmental impact of holographic technology. In that vein, wondering how they did it? More here.)