Sensors and Materials
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Sensors and Materials
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Development of a Video Chat System Based on Space Sharing and Haptic Communication

Takahiro Hayashi and Keisuke Suzuki

(Received December 30, 2017; Accepted April 25, 2018)

Keywords: video chat, virtual space sharing, haptic feedback

Video chat is a communication tool widely used for people who live in distant locations. However, there are some differences between the video chat communication and real world communication. To enhance the reality of video chat communication, we propose a novel video chat system which enables space sharing and haptic communication. To actualize these functions, the system extracts the human regions from video camera images and synthesizes the regions onto a common background image. In addition, the system gives haptic feedback by activating the vibration of a smartwatch the user wears when touches between the users are detected in the virtual shared space. We empirically evaluated the system to confirm the effectiveness and limitation of the functions of space sharing and haptic feedback. From experimental results, we confirmed that users were able to enjoy communication with the space sharing function. In addition, owing to the haptic feedback, users were able to naturally communicate with others in the virtual shared space.

Corresponding author: Takahiro Hayashi




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