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TELEPRESENCE ON DEMAND USING MOBILE AND ROBOTIC ENDPOINTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249691D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-20
Document File: 5 page(s) / 253K

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Chuck Byers: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A mobile, robotic telepresence on-demand device may instantly create collaboration spaces and multi-screen telepresence endpoints wherever they are needed in an office or other indoor space. Two embodiments are provided: one using a ground vehicle and one using a drone. This concept has significant cost, versatility and convenience advantages compared to dedicated telepresence rooms.

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TELEPRESENCE ON DEMAND USING MOBILE AND ROBOTIC ENDPOINTS

AUTHORS: Chuck Byers

Gonzalo Salgueiro Joe Clarke

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

A mobile, robotic telepresence on-demand device may instantly create

collaboration spaces and multi-screen telepresence endpoints wherever they are needed in

an office or other indoor space. Two embodiments are provided: one using a ground vehicle

and one using a drone. This concept has significant cost, versatility and convenience

advantages compared to dedicated telepresence rooms.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Telepresence (TP) video conference systems are key resources in businesses. They

allow employees to collaborate with remote locations, partners, customers, and suppliers.

Unfortunately, TP rooms are limited resources, and quite expensive. They may not be

located conveniently with respect to a user's office. There are a fixed number of permanent

TP rooms in each building / floor / wing of a corporate office, and often they are

overbooked, making spur-of-the-moment collaboration sessions difficult. Also, many

collaboration sessions have a particular ideal number of screens, depending upon how

many endpoints or simultaneous active speakers there are. For example, certain

telepresence systems tend to support rooms with either one or three screens, but this is

often not optimal for the needs of a collaboration session.

What is needed is a way to quickly install telepresence systems on demand

anywhere in a building, thereby helping to manage room reservation overbooking by

making more systems available, bringing telepresence systems closer to users' offices, and

better matching the screen counts to the needs of each collaboration session. As such,

provided herein is a mobile telepresence system to deliver full multi-screen telepresence

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capabilities to any location in a building within a minute or two of being requested. There

are two example embodiments: one using a ground vehicle and one using a drone.

Figure 1 below illustrates the first embodiment. This embodiment includes a small

tracked mobile base and a telescoping arm that extends a pod containing the telepresence

camera assembly to the correct height and position (e.g., just above and centered among

the screens). There is also an elevator (depicted as three nested trusses in the figure) with

a number of video projectors having pan-tilt-zoom capabilities. These projectors are

designed to project at oblique angles to avoid a user's sight lines. The video is projected

against any clear light-colored wall, back of a cubicle, partition, etc. Audio capabilities in

the camera assembly include high quality speaker arrays and directional microphones. A

processor in the vehicle base connects to the building's Wi-Fi® wireless network and

manages the compression of the video streams from the camera, decompression of the

video streams to the projectors, and controls the entire system. The embodim...