Natural and Intuitive Video Mediated Collaboration

  • Joona Manner
  • Juho-Pekka Virtanen
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 11)


This paper presents a project which introduces a novel concept and technical implementation of a video mediated collaboration system. The starting point was to provide tools suitable for professionals particularly in the field of design and engineering. The core of the concept is to create a permanent connection between two remote locations and to combine live video screen and interactive table surface. The aim is to use the best features of existing videoconferencing solutions, smart whiteboards and collaborative file sharing systems. The technical solution is based on utilisation of existing components and low cost software. The first prototypes suggest that this type of system has more intuitive and natural user interface compared to current solutions. With future field testing the challenges concerning the application environment can be better met.


Video Mediated Collaboration VMC Natural User Interface NUI intuitive video mediated communication computer mediated communication multimodal systems remote collaboration computer supported cooperative work user interfaces videoconference human centered systems whiteboard smartboard disappearing computer telepresence face-to-face interactive table 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joona Manner
    • 1
  • Juho-Pekka Virtanen
    • 1
  1. 1.Industrial and Strategic DesignAalto University School of Art and DesignHelsinkiFinland

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