James Auger, Jimmy Loizeau, Design Interactions Department, Royal College of Art. Social Tele-presence (Prototype). 2001
  • Not on view

Telepresence, currently used for military and exploratory purposes, is the experience of being present at a real (nonvirtual) location, remote from ones own physical position. Auger and Loizeau's project explores the application of telepresence in a social context. Social Telepresence consists of a small camera and a binaural microphone attached to the remote, "rented" body or moving object. The user receives images from the camera through a wireless connection and views them with a set of TV glasses. His or her body becomes a host; its senses are replaced by those of the remote body, translated in real time. Use of this remote body could allow, for example, a shy person to visit a sex club or go on a blind date, businesspeople to attend meetings at a distance, and an immobile person to take a walk.

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013.
Medium
Acrylic plastic, aluminum, electronic media, Sony Glasstron glasses, video and R/C radio receivers
Dimensions
6 1/2 x 6 x 10 1/4" (16.5 x 15.2 x 26 cm)
Credit
Gift of the Speyer Family Foundation
Object number
430.2008
Copyright
© 2019 James Auger
Department
Architecture and Design

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