Report- Future Of Communication Technologies

The future of Visual Communication

As technology has advanced through the years we have used many ways to communicate; phone, skype, texting and photos. One aspect of comunication I am interested in seeing being developed in the future is visual communication. At present, instead of using just typing to communicate, such as texting and email, we have moved on to visual communication such as photos and videos.

The first and most powerful of visual communications amongst humans were cave paintings, petroglyphs and geoglyphs, which evidence has found that it was used up to 40,000 years ago for humans to communicate with each other. Visual communication over the years has moved from simple drawings, to taking pictures, to making videos and sending them to your friends. One form of visual communication I am very interested in seeing becoming reality is holographic communication.

The most advanced piece of technology we have right now on our quest to successfully inventing holographic communication is telehuman. Invented in 2012, Telehuman was created by researchers from the Human Media Lab at Queens University, Canada. ‘Why skype when you can talk to a life-size 3D holographic image of another person?’, famously said by Professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab. Telehuman ‘video conferencing pods’ are a step away from holographic communication. This piece of technology works using 6 Microsoft Kinect Sensors (motion sensors), a 3D projector, a translucent 1.8m tall cylinder and a convex mirror, which is a mirror with a curved reflective surface. Using this equipment, they have managed to create the illusion of someone standing in each of the pods using videos which are transferred into 3D form in each the pods. This means that each person can communicate with the life sized holographic image of the other as if they are standing right in front of each other, while they are really in two very different locations.

What I find interesting about this piece of technology which is still being researched and improved, they have already found another use for it, Bodipod. Just after the creation of Telehuman, the researchers working on the pod have come up with the idea of using it as a 3D anatomy model which can be explored using gestures and speech interactions.Using the waving gesture as you approach the pod, the skin of the 3D anatomy model peels off, revealing whats underneath such as muscles and organs. As you near the model, you can then use voice command, simply saying ‘show brain’, and the pod will zoom in on the model giving a detailed close up of the brain.

Unfortunately, like all new, developing technology, there are always a few issues to battle with. Delay in response from the sensors to the screens is a big issue beign looked at, as it becomes a big problem using this creation for smooth and easy communication.

As technology moves on however, I am excited to see this creation become a reality, to see it become a part of everyday life in the near future.


21st century designer.


For assignment 2 we were asked to create ink blots, the aim of this was to produce an image so that each reader would hopefully see the same thing. If not we were then asked to add something else to change it so that people would see the same thing.

Above is the original ink blot we produced. We ourselves could see instantly that it was some sort of animal, a bear cub, a puma, some even a monkey, however the reply from the viewers weren’t always similar.

” two bear cubs dancing back to back”
” conjoined monkey twins wearing fez’s and licking their fingers”
“Two bears back to back sucking thumbs”
“Circus bears”
“Two bears juggling”
“Two bears with mittens on”
“Two apes back to back licking their fingers”
“Two wolves and a moon”

The feedback from the first image was similar, everyone could see an animal, however it wasn’t always a bear which is what we originally had seen. One person from the above was correct however as not everyone was we had to edit our original image.


Once the image was edited we had shown everyone who had previously answered our question on the first image.

Upon this everyone had changed their initial thoughts and now were all thinking the same thing.

Two bears juggling.

21st century designers

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We think that this person is female, with a good upbringing and quite girly. From all the family photos she seems to be quite a daddy’s girl and an only child. They seem to be quite a well off family, well presented and has had a good upbringing. Lovely hair!… 110009127
We think that this person a male, a collector, from all the different tickets on the wall. His room was quite studenty, and they seemed to be quite outgoing and always on the move from the different shows or plays they had been to. They had an interest in comics. They seemed musical, and quite ambitious. Lots of interests.

We think this is a female, who seems to have other siblings but they may not be there now. The house seems quite vacant. Quite girly, sentimental bedroom but the rest of the house seemed quite minimal/bare. Not materialistic, quite a simple bedroom. They seem quite laid back.


It was said about me from the opposite team that I was family orientated and friendly. I had one very close friend and went on good holidays abroad. I also liked my sleep but was not into sentimental things.

 Bibliography -Outdoor Work- Economy and Legalisation

Anonymous. (2012). The Gamekeeper: Professional Countryside Manager. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.

 ‘The British Association for shooting and Conservation’ website includes text which helps the understanding of an outdoor worker.  I feel there is relevant information within this article as it contains information on economy. This article explains the vast amount of hectares that Gamekeepers have to cover, which works out to be 1,460 hectares per Gamekeeper within the UK. The article then explores the qualities of the Gamekeeper which includes their input of their own money .This helps to understand that Gamekeepers are struggling with economy by having to reduce workers and feed their own hard earned money into their work and society.

Cheryl Hewitt. (2012). Road Workers. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.

This website contains the skills and offers given to this companies workers. This information is relevant because it allows room to discover what is missed and what legalisations are beneficial and could be further developed.

Anonymous. (2012). The Outdoor Recreation Economy. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.

This website is full of information regarding outdoor workers. It contains economy information statistics and facts. This article explains that within the USA there are many goals to improve the outdoor workplace as the writer explains the potential of economy, social and health benefits of outdoor recreation.  This article further explains its relevance within outdoor workers as there is a general goal to demand for highly skilled outdoor workers especially in areas like technology. ‘Americans spend nearly as much on snow sports ($ 853 billion) As they do on internet access ($54 billion)’.

Anonymous. (.). Work Equipment. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.

 This website contains information regarding legalisation within working environments and information about equipment and training. I find this useful as it covers information within many jobs and contains ways to improve and to look into legalisation.

Anonymous. (.). Industry Topics- Road Worker Safety. Available: Last accessed 20th Oct 2012.

This article expresses the problems which many wish to tackle within road worker safety to lower the risks of the workers. This information is relevant as it discusses laws. The hopes of many road workers are to change the law of road users in order to improve workers safety. There are ideas of approaching the government to make new laws and adapting the environment which road workers work in.

Pinsent Mason. (2010). Legal news and guidance from Pinsent Masons. Available: Last accessed 20th Oct 2012.

This article contains information about legalisation and ideas that should be taken forward to become the new laws of today. I find this article beneficial not because of its direct relevance to outdoor work but because of the ideas it triggers off. Laws should be enforced to ensure that outdoor workers do not have to work in difficult temperatures or an idea to be developed which would help this issue.


Garden in the city

This is an article about a railway track in New York that has been turned into a garden. This could be useful and relevant because it create an outdoor space that is like a park where people can go to escape the confines of the office.