The Future of Telepresence from the IEEE Telepresence Workshop 2021

Wikipedia explains that "Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location."

A simple example of Telepresence are the Telepresence Robots that can be present in a situation where humans can't be. I have a talk on this topic which you can watch here.

In their recent 6G Explained article, Nokia explains:

6G will also promote sustainability in a variety of ways. By enabling faster and lower cost per bit connectivity, it would be able to support data collection and closed-loop control of numerous appliances. The data can be analyzed using sophisticated tools to improve energy efficiency in industries. The advanced multi-sensory telepresence that is created with very high data rates will reduce the need for travel through the introduction of multi-modal mixed reality telepresence and remote collaboration.

IEEE Future Directions recently held the IEEE Future of Telepresence workshop an opportunity to look at the big picture and seek understanding of the details of addressing a long-held goal of technical communities: to permit human beings to bring their talent, skill, and expertise to bear on complex problems from a distance. 

The workshop sets its focus on teleoperations and important functional considerations like sensor selection, sensitivity, and fidelity, or fixed vs. mobile systems. Overall, this effort aims to accelerate the missing technology components and encourage integrated telepresence systems.

Embedded below is a talk from Paolo Fiorini on 'Haptics and force feedback' where he delves into the area of haptics and force feedback in telepresence.

You can watch all the videos from the workshop here.

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