A Live Services Marketplace: Telepresence through Remote Humans

Werner Purgathofer, Hans Jürgen Pfisterer
A Live Services Marketplace: Telepresence through Remote Humans
, May 2014

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Abstract

The basic idea is to use state-of-the-art telecommunication technology to implement the virtual presence of a person at a remote location. The concept is described with the use of modern mobile phones (smartphones), but several other devices with similar or extended capabilities could be used instead, including pads and notebooks, action cams and augmented reality glasses (e.g. Google eyeglasses). The person, who wants to be tele-present somewhere (let’s call this person the “pilot”), uses the smartphone to communicate with a person at the remote site (let’s call this person the “flyer”). The contact includes an acoustic connection, i.e. they can talk to each other, and a video connection, i.e. at least the pilot sees what the flyer is doing. The Live Services Marketplace describes a business how to connect pilots with flyers. Flyers can register their willingness to act as telepresence avatars for selected tasks from a list of allowable tasks, maintained to prevent illegal tasks. Pilots can book these flyers through a central administration system, which searches for appropriate flyers, anonymises the contact and organizes the financial arrangement. The audio and video connection is live only (just as a phone call). The paper describes the basic concept and many use cases for this business.

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@techreport{Purgathofer-2014-LSM,
  title =      "A Live Services Marketplace: Telepresence through Remote
               Humans",
  author =     "Werner Purgathofer and Hans J{"u}rgen Pfisterer",
  year =       "2014",
  abstract =   "The basic idea is to use state-of-the-art telecommunication
               technology to implement the virtual presence of a person at
               a remote location. The concept is described with the use of
               modern mobile phones (smartphones), but several other
               devices with similar or extended capabilities could be used
               instead, including pads and notebooks, action cams and
               augmented reality glasses (e.g. Google eyeglasses). The
               person, who wants to be tele-present somewhere (let’s call
               this person the “pilot”), uses the smartphone to
               communicate with a person at the remote site (let’s call
               this person the “flyer”). The contact includes an
               acoustic connection, i.e. they can talk to each other, and a
               video connection, i.e. at least the pilot sees what the
               flyer is doing. The Live Services Marketplace describes a
               business how to connect pilots with flyers. Flyers can
               register their willingness to act as telepresence avatars
               for selected tasks from a list of allowable tasks,
               maintained to prevent illegal tasks. Pilots can book these
               flyers through a central administration system, which
               searches for appropriate flyers, anonymises the contact and
               organizes the financial arrangement. The audio and video
               connection is live only (just as a phone call). The paper
               describes the basic concept and many use cases for this
               business.",
  month =      may,
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/186, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  institution = "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology",
  note =       "human contact: technical-report@cg.tuwien.ac.at",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2014/Purgathofer-2014-LSM/",
}