Monday, January 24, 2011

The future of broadband for education?

Uni TV, developed by the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) at the University of Melbourne, is definitely worth a look.

This YouTube video offers a fascinating glimpse of what the future might hold in terms of video applications for education, including VoD, 3D delivery for disciplines including chemistry, medicine, archaeology and engineering, and a clever application of haptic technologies to simulate surgical operations in 3D on a virtual patient. More info in this news release.

Fantastic stuff, and a useful application to have in your pocket if/when you're confronted with anyone who asks "so what do we need all this additional bandwidth for, anyway?"

1 comment:

  1. It is a compelling project, but the video doesn't explain clearly why you need to build a national broadband network to enable this service. It does mention quality of service (QoS) in passing, but to convince the public that it's worth investing billions of dollars in infrastructure to support this sort of functionality information is needed about the network itself. i.e. explain why this service works better (or only works at all) on a next gen network that supports managed services rather than using existing ADSL2+ or DOCSIS 3 broadband.