Remote-Controlled Avatars


“Although our own physical bodies can’t be instantly whisked away to meetings in other countries, the BEAMING project aims to at least allow us to ‘borrow’ another body – in the form of a remote-controlled avatar, which may be either an actual robot or one within a virtual 3D environment. The idea is to create a situation where participants – or at least their avatar representatives – can move around in the remote location, plus touch and even move objects, rather than being mere spectators… We wondered what kind of niche BEAMING might fill. After all, aren’t people successfully communicating through video conferencing already? Is there enough added benefit to make this new technology appealing?” w/ photos

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