Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

www.theregister.co.uk | 11/2/2018 | Staff
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Higher education has become a commercial market as students paying extortionate tuition fees demand more bang for their buck – so Imperial College London has decided to throw some holograms at them.

In a bid to prove to undergrads that it’s just as “with it” as the money-sucking corporate entities that wheel out holographic-style versions of much-loved, long-dead artists for concerts (and the Tory party conference), the university is offering virtual lecturers.

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That, or it's preparing for a post-Brexit situation in which internationally minded boffins would rather up sticks than face the UK Home Office's hostile environment.

Imperial showed off its new tech, which will be reserved for the business school, at an event last night. Guest speakers delivering their talks remotely were from as far afield as LA, New York and, er, London.

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But the university couldn’t be seen to be splashing too much of the students’ cash around on frivolous PR stunts new teaching aids, so the flickering images aren’t created with the commonly used – but fairly costly – Pepper’s Ghost effect.

"The problem with Pepper's Ghost is that it can be intricate to set up and can cost about £150,000 to run an...
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