Our communication environment can be extended by using IT. TEROOS project developed a shoulder mounted robot named TEROOS which enables a remote user share their vision and attention with a local user via the embodied expression of TEROOS. We conducted a field test between Akihabara and Yokohama, and a test between Hawaii and Japan to reveal how TEROOS mediated the long-distance communication by using its social appearance.
Tadakazu Kashiwabara, Hirotaka Osawa, Kazuhiko Shinozawa, Michita Imai, “TEROOS: A Wearable Avatar to Enhance Joint Activities”, In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI, 2012,p. 2001-2004
PROT project employs a movable projector to project the image of a remote user at any surfaces. The local user has an amazing experience in the interaction with the remote user. They can interact each other by referring to physical objects at the local environment.
Ryota Fujimura, Kazuhiro Nakadai, Michita Imai, Ren Ohmura, “PROT – An Embodied Agent for Intelligible and User-Friendly Human-Robot Interaction”, The 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS, 2010,pp.3860-3867