People in work-separated families have been heavily relying on cutting-edge face-to-face communication services. Despite their ease of use and ubiquitous availability, experiences in living together are still far incomparable to those through remote face-to-face communication. We envision that enabling a remote person to be spatially superposed in one’s living space would be a breakthrough to catalyze pseudo living-together interactivity. We propose HomeMeld, a zero-hassle self-mobile robotic system serving as a co-present avatar to create a persistent illusion of living together for those who are involuntarily living apart. The key challenges are 1) continuous spatial mapping between two heterogeneous floor plans and 2) navigating the robotic avatar to reflect the other’s presence in real time under the limited maneuverability of the robot. We devise a notion of functionally equivalent location and orientation to translate a person’s presence into another in a heterogeneous floor plan. We also develop predictive path warping to seamlessly synchronize the presence of the other. We conducted extensive experiments and deployment studies with real participants.
|Title of host publication||MobiSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery, Inc|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Jun 10|
|Event||16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services,MobiSys 2018 - Munich, Germany|
Duration: 2018 Jun 10 → 2018 Jun 15
|Name||MobiSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services|
|Conference||16th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services,MobiSys 2018|
|Period||18/6/10 → 18/6/15|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We thank our shepherd Dr. Jeremy Gummeson and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments. We also thank Christopher M. Durham at IBM Research - Austin for his wholehearted support of this research. The corresponding author is Inseok Hwang. This research was partly supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (2017R1A2B3010504, 2017M3C4A7065955, 2017M3C4A7066473).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Information Systems
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications