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Enabling 'togetherness' in high-quality domestic video

: Kegel, I.; Cesar, P.; Jansen, J.; Bulterman, D.C.A.; Stevens, T.; Kort, J.; Färber, N.


Aizawa, K. ; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Multimedia -SIGMM-:
20th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2012. Proceedings. CD-ROM : Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2012, Nara, Japan
New York: ACM, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1089-5
International Conference on Multimedia (MM) <20, 2012, Nara>
Fraunhofer IIS ()

Low-cost video conferencing systems have provided an existence proof for the value of video communication in a home setting. At the same time, current systems have a number of fundamental limitations that inhibit more general social interactions among multiple groups of participants. In our work, we describe the development, implementation and evaluation of a domestic video conferencing system that is geared to providing true 'togetherness' among conference participants. We show that such interactions require sophisticated support for high-quality audiovisual presentation, and processing support for person identification and localisation. In this paper, we describe user requirements for effective interpersonal interaction. We then report on a system that implements these requirements. We conclude with a systems and user evaluation of this work. We present results that show that participants in a video conference can be made feel as 'together' as collocated players of a board game.