Telepresence Robot Blended with a Real Landscape and Its Impact on User Experiences

Yuki Furuya, Kazunori Takashio

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Abstract

Telepresence robots using traditional video chats do not yet fully represent the presence of a remote user. To enhance that presence, we propose a novel approach that replaces the background of the remote user with a real-time captured image of the area behind the robot. We assumed that the background of the remote user, which was visible on the telepresence robot's display, was one reason for the reduction in presence because it might remind local viewers that the remote user is in another place. We found that our approach effectively enhanced the presence of remote user and reduced the negative impression of a delay. In this paper, we describe the new approach, its implementation, and an evaluation of the system. We evaluated the subjective impressions of communication through the proposed system. This approach also protects the privacy of the remote user and makes it more acceptable to people using telepresence robots from private places, e.g., a sickroom in a hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages406-411
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728160757
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug
Event29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020 - Virtual, Naples, Italy
Duration: 2020 Aug 312020 Sep 4

Publication series

Name29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020

Conference

Conference29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020
CountryItaly
CityVirtual, Naples
Period20/8/3120/9/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Psychology
  • Communication

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