“Layered Telepresence: Simultaneous Multi Presence Experience using Eye Gaze based Perceptual Awareness Blending” by Saraiji, Sugimoto, Fernando, Minamizawa and Tachi

  • ©MHD Yamen Saraiji, Shota Sugimoto, Charith Lasantha Fernando, Kouta Minamizawa, and Susumu Tachi


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    Layered Telepresence: Simultaneous Multi Presence Experience using Eye Gaze based Perceptual Awareness Blending



    We propose “Layered Telepresence”, a novel method of experiencing simultaneous multi-presence. Users eye gaze and perceptual awareness are blended with real-time audio-visual information received from multiple telepresence robots. The system arranges audio-visual information received through multiple robots into a priority-driven layered stack. A weighted feature map was created based on the objects recognized for each layer, using imageprocessing techniques, and pushes the most weighted layer around the users gaze in to the foreground. All other layers are pushed back to the background providing an artificial depth-of-field effect. The proposed method not only works with robots, but also each layer could represent any audio-visual content, such as video seethrough HMD, television screen or even your PC screen enabling true multitasking.


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