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Mediated Visits: Longitudinal Domestic Dwelling with Mobile Robotic Telepresence

Boudouraki, Andriana; Reeves, Stuart; Fischer, Joel E; Rintel, Sean

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Andriana Boudouraki

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

Sean Rintel


Mobile Robotic Telepresence (MRP) systems are remotely controlled, mobile videoconferencing devices that allow the remote user to move independently and have a physical presence in the environment. This paper presents a longitudinal study of MRP use in the home, where the first author used an MRP to connect with family, her partner, and friends over a six-month period. Taking an ethnomethodological approach, we present video recorded fragments to explore the phenomenon of ‘visiting’ where MRP users drop into the home for a period of time. We unpack the more ‘procedural’ elements—arriving and departing—alongside ways of ‘dwelling’ together during a visit, and the qualities of mobility, autonomous presence and spontaneity that emerge.

Conference Name CHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Conference Location New Orleans LA USA
Start Date Apr 30, 2022
End Date May 5, 2022
Acceptance Date Feb 10, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 29, 2022
Publication Date 2022-04
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2022
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Pages 1-16
ISBN 9781450391573
Keywords ethnography, videoconferencing, mediated intimacy, mediated closeness
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