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Exploring use cases for telepresence robots

By Katherine M. Tsui, Munjal Desai, Holly A. Yanco and Chris Uhlik


Telepresence robots can be thought of as embodied video conferencing on wheels. Companies producing these robots imagine them being used in a wide variety of situations (e.g., ad-hoc conversations at the office, inspections and troubleshooting at factories, and patient rounds at medical facilities). In July and August 2010, we examined office-related use cases in a series of studies using two prototype robots (Anybots ’ QB and VGo Communications ’ VGo). In this paper, we present two studies: conference room meetings (n=6) and moving hallway conversations (n=24). We discuss who might benefit from using telepresence robots, in what scenarios, and the features that telepresence robots must incorporate for use in ad-hoc interactions

Topics: teleoperation, video conferencing
Year: 2011
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