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Sensation: a Presence Enabler for Long-Distance Relationships using Skype and Visual Presence Representation (Picture and PDF)

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ABSTRACT
Media spaces have existed in the labs for some time, but they have yet to enter the homes of ordinary people. Most research on media spaces has been focusing on mediating physical spaces, aiding communication in work, or providing for multi-part conversations. There’s little research on media spaces for private use, and even fewer
working systems.
In this paper we describe Sensation, a system that enables two persons to establish a non-intrusive audiovisual link between one another, utilizing Skype for audio
transmission and subtle pulsating lights for presence indication. Sensation is not a phone, not a conference system, and – most importantly – it is not about connecting
just spaces. The Sensation is a presence enabler in longdistance relationships, connecting people who happen to live far apart. It is intended as a realistic near-future
consumer product, as such affordable and easy to use.

*Author Keyword: Skype, media spaces, audio spaces, presence over distance,
mediated conversation, tangible interface, design, HCI


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