Before getting on the train for their morning shuttle, Vilnius residents can greet friends passing through a main square in Lublin, Poland despite being 576 miles apart. Thanks to “portal“, A slim pair of screens installed in the city centers, passers-by have the opportunity to wave hello and chat with their colleagues as if they were standing in front of each other on the street. The futuristic installation, dubbed “a visual bridge,” resembles large, round spheres embedded with screens and cameras that broadcast views of the two locations in real time.
Portal is the culmination of five years of research and design and the project to expand into cities around the world, with two more eye-like devices coming soon to Reyjavik and London.
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