Claudia Rebola, Grace Eden
Participation through a robot avatar has been described as a utopian future, but for people experiencing it in current social contexts it's a whole different reality. Last May, at the CHI 2016 conference at the San Jose Convention Center, conference chairs made an effort to increase access: The chairs allowed for remote attendance using a commercially available telepresence product called Beams . As part of the invitation to use the robots, participants agreed to take part in a user study with a researcher who studied their use at Ubicomp 2014 . We are academics on separate continents, one in…
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