Simplifying Remote Collaboration through Spatial Mirroring

  • Fabian Hennecke
  • Simon Voelker
  • Maximilian Schenk
  • Hauke Schaper
  • Jan Borchers
  • Andreas Butz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8119)


Even though remote collaboration through telepresence is supported by a variety of devices and display environments, it still has some inherent problems. One of these problems is the definition of a unified spatial reference system for the shared workspace in combination with an immersive representation of the collaborator. To mitigate this problem we propose a technique we call spatial mirroring. It is based on a virtual collaboration environment using two curved displays and aims to eliminate possible communication errors due to left/right misunderstandings. We explain the working principle and ideas behind spatial mirroring, and present two consecutive user studies in which we were able to verify its benefits.


Remote collaboration Telepresence Orientation problem Spatial reference Mirroring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabian Hennecke
    • 1
  • Simon Voelker
    • 2
  • Maximilian Schenk
    • 1
  • Hauke Schaper
    • 2
  • Jan Borchers
    • 2
  • Andreas Butz
    • 1
  1. 1.HCI GroupUniversity of Munich (LMU)MunichGermany
  2. 2.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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