New generation media spaces let group members see each other and
share information. However, they are separate from the real world;
participants cannot see beyond the video, and they cannot engage with people
not attending to the computer. To solve this problem, we use a robot as a
physical surrogate for a media space group, which allows this
distance-separated group to extend their interactions into the real world.
Through video, all media space group members see a first-person view of what
the robot sees. All have opportunity to control it: where it walks, where it
looks, and even the sound it makes. The robot becomes a physical
tele-embodiment of the group, representing it for people who may not
physically be part of the group but are collocated with the robot.
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