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Designing for Telepresence: An Introduction To Physical Avatar Systems

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Designing for Telepresence: An Introduction To Physical Avatar Systems

Since the invention of the telephone, a wide range of tools have been created to help humans communicate with one another over great distance. However, despite all these seemingly clever inventions business travel is at an all time high. This is due to the fact that existing face-to-face (F2F) collaboration tools to not adequately mimic being together in person.

This talk will explore an alternative to traditional F2F tools – the use of telepresent robots as physical avatars. We will look at existing physical avatar systems and discuss how their design requirements are unique compared to more traditional collaborative systems due to their highly representational nature.

Keywords: Physical Avatars, Collaboration, CSCW , Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction

This talk is part of the Rainbow Interaction Seminars series.

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