[PanoInserts: Practical Spatial Teleconferencing]

PanoInserts: Practical Spatial Teleconferencing

Fabrizio Pece,  William Steptoe,  Fabian Wanner,  Simon Julier,  Tim Weyrich,  Jan Kautz,  Anthony Steed

University College London

Abstract

We present PanoInserts: a novel teleconferencing system that uses smartphone cameras to create a surround representation of meeting places. We take a static panoramic image of a location into which we insert live videos from smartphones. We use a combination of marker- and image-based tracking to position the video inserts within the panorama, and transmit this representation to a remote viewer. We conduct a user study comparing our system with fully-panoramic video and conventional webcam video conferencing for two spatial reasoning tasks. Results indicate that our system performs comparably with fully-panoramic video, and better than webcam video conferencing in tasks that require an accurate surrounding representation of the remote space. We discuss the representational properties and usability of varying video presentations, exploring how they are perceived and how they influence users when performing spatial reasoning tasks.

Citation Style:    Publication

PanoInserts: Practical Spatial Teleconferencing.
Fabrizio Pece, William Steptoe, Fabian Wanner, Simon Julier, Tim Weyrich, Jan Kautz, Anthony Steed.
In Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), pp. 1319–1328, 2013.
ACM SIGCHI Best paper Honourable Mention Award.
Fabrizio Pece, William Steptoe, Fabian Wanner, Simon Julier, Tim Weyrich, Jan Kautz, and Anthony Steed. PanoInserts: Practical spatial teleconferencing. In Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), pages 1319–1328, April 2013. ACM SIGCHI Best paper Honourable Mention Award.Pece, F., Steptoe, W., Wanner, F., Julier, S., Weyrich, T., Kautz, J., and Steed, A. 2013. PanoInserts: Practical spatial teleconferencing. In Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 1319–1328. ACM SIGCHI Best paper Honourable Mention Award.F. Pece, W. Steptoe, F. Wanner, S. Julier, T. Weyrich, J. Kautz, and A. Steed, “PanoInserts: Practical spatial teleconferencing,” in Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Apr. 2013, pp. 1319–1328, aCM SIGCHI Best paper Honourable Mention Award.

Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the BEAMING project which is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 ICT Work Programme.


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