- Publication Details
- CSCW 2015
- Mar March 14, 2015
Advances in processing hardware, encoding techniques, and broadband networks are driving a rise in the adoption of video-based communication technologies, especially in the workplace. These technologies have been shown to increase the frequency of communication between co-workers and, in some cases, improve productivity. Despite the benefits, limitations still exist. Past research has shown that remote users still face a disadvantage when compared to their co-located colleagues. Remote collaborators participate less in conversations, take less dominant roles in groups, and feel less connected to distant coworkers.
The Jarvis project is part of an emerging class of technologies that seek to mitigate the social disadvantages of video-based communication by providing remote collaborators with a local embodiment. These devices have been shown to provide distributed teams with an increased sense of their remote colleagues’ presence in the local environment and a reciprocal sense of “being there” for that remote worker. FXPAL is building and studying telepresence technologies, like Jarvis, to better understand the future office communication landscape.