We present an approach to connect multiple remote environments over web for natural interaction among people and objects. Focus of current communication and telepresence systems severely restrict user affordances in terms of movement, interaction, peripheral vision, spatio-semantic integrity and even information flow. These systems allow information transfer rather than experiential interaction. We propose Environment-to-Environment (E2E) as a new paradigm for communication which allows users to interact in natural manner using text, audio, and video by connecting environments. Each Environment is instrumented using as many different types of sensors as may be required to detect presence and activity of objects. This object position and activity information is used by a scalable event-based multimodal information system called EventServer to share the appropriate experiential information with other environments as well as to present incoming multimedia information on right displays and speakers. This paper describes the design principles for E2E communication, discusses system architecture, and gives our experience in implementing prototypes of such systems in telemedicine and office collaboration applications. We also discuss the research challenges and a road-map for creating more sophisticated E2E applications in near future.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Media Technology
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Connecting environments
- Environment-to-environment communication
- Experiential interaction