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STAND-UP TELEPRESENCE FOR WHITEBOARDING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239552D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-14
Document File: 8 page(s) / 1M

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Sergio Mena De La Cruz: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A system and method to allow people located in remote rooms to interact with each other as if they were in the same room, writing on the same whiteboard. The physical environment around the meeting participants (screens placement on the walls, positioning of the high definition cameras, etc.) and the software and algorithms controlling the meeting session are designed to achieve this realistic interaction.

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STAND-UP TELEPRESENCE FOR WHITEBOARDING

AUTHORS:

Sergio Mena De La Cruz Salvatore Valenza

Leo Caldarola

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A system and method to allow people located in remote rooms to interact with each other as if they were in the same room, writing on the same whiteboard. The physical environment around the meeting participants (screens placement on the walls, positioning of the high definition cameras, etc.) and the software and algorithms controlling the meeting session are designed to achieve this realistic interaction.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Cisco TelePresence system technology provides a high-definition (HD) video- conferencing experience that delivers lifelike virtual meetings. It creates the illusion that participants are in the same room, when in fact they may be in different cities or Continents. TelePresence delivers high-impact, realistic meetings with similar room setups at each site (including furniture and decor), HD video and audio, and large display devices.

    In most cases, a TelePresence installation is an easily deployed solution that is integrated into a dedicated room. TelePresence offers an amazing user experience for cases where people are simply talking to each other or, at most, sharing slides using the screen dedicated to that. Its main limitation is that it does not provide a way to conduct live and engaging whiteboard sessions with people located elsewhere.

    Presented herein is a solution that allows participants located in more than two remote rooms to interact with each other as if they were standing in the same room, writing on the same whiteboard.

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    The main goal of the solution presented herein is to enable engaging, interactive whiteboard sessions with participants that can be at different geographic locations. The number of locations, n, can be 2, 3, 4, or more. The number of participants per location is recommended to be between 1 and 3. For simplicity, it is assumed that there is one participant per location in this description; nevertheless the techniques explained here are the same when there is more than one participant per location.

    Rooms may be square-shaped, and the length of the walls may be between 3 and 5 meters. All rooms should have the same size. Each room is equipped with the following elements:

An electronic whiteboard on the north wall.

One TelePresence-like unit on the east wall including:
A wide screen display panel. A camera on top of the screen. A loudspeaker.

An identical TelePresence-like unit on the west wall.

The south wall is a normal wall (with an entry door).

An example of the room setup described above is depicted in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1. Setup of multi-site stand-up TelePresence with whiteboard.

    What is considered now is the interesting use case: n=3 (i.e., three locations) and three users depicted in Figure 2 below, willing to meet for an interactive whiteboard session.

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