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4 March 2004 Group telepresence
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Proceedings Volume 5263, Intelligent Manufacturing; (2004)
Event: Photonics Technologies for Robotics, Automation, and Manufacturing, 2003, Providence, RI, United States
Telepresence and teleoperation permit the ability to sense and interact with a remote and potentially hazardous environment without the difficulty of getting there, being there, and then returning safely. Previous telepresence demonstrations have employed only a single remote device or vehicle which, if it experiences difficulty, may require human intervention for rescue, or be abandoned if the rescue is too hazardous. Multiple remote device or vehicle deployment opens the opportunity for interaction to improve the chances for mission success. With a sufficiently large number of remote devices or vehicles, whose interaction is conveyed over high speed internet links, a large body of simultaneous remote users can result. Imposing an access fee structure can result in an enterprise which is economically self-supporting when conducted on a sufficiently large scale. Various levels of interaction, ranging from active participant to active viewer to passive viewer, have corresponding levels of access fee. Experiences in achieving group telepresence among a small fleet teleoperated vehicles are discussed, as are simple solutions to complex issues of inter-vehicle awareness. A general economic model is presented for a large scale "telepresence safari" that is economically self-supporting. The potential for large scale Lunar telepresence is also discussed.
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Gregory A. Konesky "Group telepresence", Proc. SPIE 5263, Intelligent Manufacturing, (4 March 2004);


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