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Telecommunication, Teleimmersion and Telexistence II

Susumu Tachi
155x230mm pp.182 Yen6500 2005

Telexistence is the concept of overcoming limitations of time and space by presenting a sensation of existence in a virtual sense. Teleimmersion and telexistence connect the space that we live in or that we exist in. It creates the space that we occupy. Technology based on this concept enables users to meet and talk to one another as if they share the same space and time, even if they are far apart from each other. This is the goal of the development of mutual telexistence communication systems, as a natural progression from the telephone to the telexistence-videophone. One of the highlights of this publication is the section on TELESAR (TELExistence Surrogate Anthropomorphic Robot), which is an anthropomorphic robot controlled by a human operator at a remote site with a sensation of presence. The robot is coated with retro-reflective material, so that a person wearing an HMP (Head Mounted Projector) sees the telexisting operator instead of the robot. This book focuses on the present status and future prospects of this emerging technology of teleimmersion and telexistence and reports on recent results. Key research areas that form barriers are identified and new clues to a breakthrough are suggested for the true realization of teleimmersion and telexistence.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Telexistence: Next-Generation Networked Robotics
From Tele-operation to Cognition Based Tele-interaction
Telemedicine, Virtual Reality, and Other Technologies That Will Transform How Healthcare is Provided
Digital Gardening
Real-World Virtual Reality 3D Telepresence for Off-Line Surgical Tranining and On-Line Remote Consultation
Human Communication Media

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