Digital Mockup: Touching the 3rd dimension
Maurício Sousa, Daniel Mendes, Alfredo Ferreira, João Madeiras Pereira and Joaquim Jorge (2015). Eery Space: Facilitating Virtual Meetings Through Remote Proxemics. In Proceedings of the IEEE INTERACT 2015.
Abstract Virtual meetings have become increasingly common with modern video-conference and collaborative software. While they allow obvious savings in time and resources, current technologies add unproductive layers of protocol to the flow of communication between participants, rendering the interactions far from seamless. In this work we introduce Remote Proxemics, an extension of proxemics aimed at bringing the syntax of colocated proximal interactions to virtual meetings. We propose Eery Space, a shared virtual locus that results from merging multiple remote areas, where meeting participants’ are located side-by-side as if they shared the same physical location. Eery Space promotes collaborative content creation and seamless mediation of communication channels based on virtual proximity. Results from user evaluation suggest that our approach is sufficient to initiate proximal exchanges regardless of their geolocation, while promoting smooth interactions between local and remote people alike.