November 5th, 2012  |  Published in Research

AmbientTelepresence researched the possibility to build up a ambient presence of remote people using a Ubiquitous Computing environment instrumented with embedded devices rather than with video or audio transmission. “Ambient Telepresence is a method to give someone the feeling that someone else is present while they are not co-located”. The project showed that transfer of (selected) ambient events are less obtrusive and allows for a more fine grained, continuous awareness of remote persons. Technically the prototype connects remote sites using the events from the MediaCup and consumer electronics and reproduces an ambient awareness using sound.

Selected Publications

Michael Beigl, Hans-werner Gellersen (1999) Ambient Telepresence, In Proceedings of the Workshop on Changing Places, p. 63, pdf

Hans-Werner Gellersen, Michael Beigl (1999) Ambient Telepresence: Colleague Awareness in Smart Environments, 1. Intl. Workshop on Managing Interactions in Smart Environments (MANSE 99), Dublin, Irland, Dec 1999 & Springer Verlag: Managing Interactions in Smart Environments, S Dobson P. Nixon G. Lacey (ed.), p. 80-88, Springer, url



Research Topics:

CSCW, ambient awareness, user studies

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