A City-backed VR/AR Lab Is Coming To The Navy Yard

Mark Skwarek is attempting to show off one of his latest developments.

It’s what Skwarek, the director of NYU’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab, calls a “telepresence” app. Its users livestream 3D video of themselves. When recipients open the app and point their phones at their surroundings, the 3D video is placed onto the scene. In other words, you can host a video call from Brooklyn, and your friend in Beijing can talk to you as if you both were sitting in the same room.

But today, the telepresence platform isn’t quite working as it should. It takes about a half-hour for Skwarek and his lead developer, Yao Chen, to get the demo fully up and running.

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