If only they had had them at the Solvay conference in 1927:)
Ever since SXSW I’ve wanted to try this so when my friend Chris invited me over to his workshop (the never never lab) I figured I'd have a go at it. It's basically an artsy attempt to embody remote presence. Partly, I thought it would be nice for people who can't physically attend an event to have some kind of presence (instead of just watching the event on streaming), partly it's nice for speakers to get a sense for their real audience - not just the ones that bother to show up.
All you need is white paper, cardboard and a projector. Assemble a white cube and hide the projector inside. The entire cube lights up as the face of the person you skype with is projected on one of the sides. (Though you can't really tell from the iPhone pictures above - in real life you see both a luminescent white cube and the person's face - even in daylight)
Suggested use: place 10 of these in the audience and toy with where you project people from. Or put one on stage to answer questions from the audience.
Hopefully there's a second iteration upcoming incl. semitransparent glass