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UIC Researcher Looks Toward a Communication Revolution

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Andy Johnson, a professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory, is developing ultra-high-speed connections paired with high-definition video. Johnson says the technology is similar to commercial video phone services, but is more reliable, larger, and has a much clearer display.

A stable, high-resolution video connection could change how people consult with doctors, auto mechanics diagnose cars, or businesspeople hold meetings, Johnson says. The technology pairs life-sized display screens with near-instant Internet connections. "That gives us a much higher resolution interaction, and could make it much easier for remote groups to work together," he says.

However, the system will require the United States to upgrade its Internet infrastructure with fiber-optic cables to increase access speeds.

From Medill Reports (IL)
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