Studying the effects of height with remote presence devices

Irene Rae from the University of Wisconsin-Madison spent the summer of 2012 exploring how the appearance of an embodied system affects the interaction between people using that system to communicate.

While embodied systems like the Texai can provide greater access to informal and opportunistic interactions to remote users, their physical traits such as height, color, or proportion may mediate the way that people who are local to the system might treat them.

The study looked at how changes as simple as modifying the height of the system may cause subtle shifts in the way that the local user behaves toward the remote user, possibly supporting or undermining the remote user’s authority and ability to persuade others.

Look for the final results in our upcoming publications!