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OpenIMPRESS : an open immersive telepresence system

Harmsen, Emiel (2018) OpenIMPRESS : an open immersive telepresence system.

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Abstract:This thesis presents OpenIMPRESS, an open source immersive telepresence system that aims to provide an immersive telepresence experience while being easy to set up and accessible for other researchers to use as well. The system is designed around three features that are intended to increase immersion and usability for the users; mobility at the remote location, an immersive view of the remote environment and a virtual embodiment. The visitor is virtually transported to the visitee's environment using a virtual reality system that displays a virtual representation of the visitee's surroundings With a user test, it was evaluated how the three design aspects contribute to the performance and experience of a telepresence system in a collaborative context. We saw that especially view independence and immersive display had positive effects on the performance and the visitor's feeling of spatial presence. All aspects increased the system's usability for the visitor. The designed system has been implemented and has been found to be useful by other researchers already as well. What’s more, we have shown that the implemented design features do indeed improve the experience and usability of the system which can be useful for other research in the area of telepresence as well.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:05 communication studies, 54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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