Autonomous Robots

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 87-95

First online:

Social Tele-Embodiment: Understanding Presence

  • Eric PaulosAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of California
  • , John CannyAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of California

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Humans live and interact within the real world but our current online world neglects this. This paper explores research into Personal Roving Presence (PRoP) devices that provide a physical mobile proxy, controllable over the Internet to provide tele-embodiment. Leveraging off of its physical presence in the remote space, PRoPs provide important human verbal and non-verbal communication cues. The ultimate goal is a computer mediated communication (CMC) tool for rich natural human interaction beyond currently available systems. This paper examines PRoP design choices, system architecture, social issues, and evaluations of several user studies.

tele-embodiment tele-presence tele-robotics tele-actor