Remote collaboration systems link audio and video representations of two separate spaces. State-of-the-art systems either concentrate on the interpersonal space and the presence of the remote participant, or on the shared workspace and the collaborative manipulation of data. InReach is a system that integrates both the interpersonal space and shared workspace in one user experience by placing remote collaborators “in reach” of each other in a virtual 3D environment. They see their own live 3D recreated mesh in a shared virtual space standing next to their remote collaborator, side-by-side. InReach explores how remote collaborators can “reach into” a shared digital workspace where they can manipulate 3D virtual objects and data with their bare hands.
Anette von Kapri, Kevin Wong, Seth Hunter, Nick Gillian, Pattie Maes "InReach: Manipulating 3D Objects Remotely Using your Body" Intl. Conf. Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2013), Workshop paper in "Blended Interaction: Envisioning Future Collaborative Interactive Spaces". [PDF]