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Mobile Remote Presence in IoT-enabled environments: Interaction design challenges and solutions

Research project The project conducts prototyping and user research activities to explore Double Remote Control (DRC), a novel approach to extending action capabilities of Mobile Remote Presence systems by employing the Internet of Things technologies.

The project explores novel telepresence environments integrating Mobile Remote Presence (MRP) and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The project addresses a problem with typical MRP systems, their limited capability for physical interaction with objects in their environments. The solution we explore, Double Remote Control, or DRC, is to use the functionality of IoT-enabled objects to support contactless interaction between MRP systems and their surrounding objects. It is achieved by making it possible for the pilot, who remotely controls an MRP system to also remotely control objects in the system’s physical environment.

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Project overview

Project period

2016-01-01 2019-12-31

Funding

Vetenskapsrådet

Research subject

Informatics

Project description

The project explores novel telepresence environments integrating Mobile Remote Presence (MRP) and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. MRP systems, which are rapidly gaining popularity in various everyday contexts, are robots, which are controlled by remote pilots and serve as pilots´ embodied social proxies in local settings. The project addresses a problem with typical MRP systems, their severely limited capability for physical interaction with objects in their environments. The solution explored in the project, Double Remote Control (or DRC), is to employ the functionality of IoT-enabled objects to support contactless interaction between MRP systems and their physical environments. Double Remote Control is achieved by making it possible for the pilot, who remotely controls an MRP system, to also remotely control objects in the system's emvironment. The purpose of the project is to conduct a rigorous, proactive, and theoretically sound study of human-technology interaction in telepresence environments, in which MRP systems are enhanced by IoT solutions. The research within the proposed project is focused on exploring interaction design solutions for: (a) designing pilot´s user interface, (b) enabling contactless interaction with objects in IoT-enabled local settings, and (c) supporting the integration of MRP systems into the social context of IoT-enabled local settings.
The studies conducted within the project have been reported in a number of papers at international conferences (ICOST 2016, HRI 2017, CHI 2017, ECCE 2017, and NordiCHI 2018), as well as a journal paper in Paladyn: A Journal of Behavioural Robotics.