Lilian de Greef


TeleTourist: Immersive Telepresence Tourism for Mobility-Restricted Participants

Lilian de Greef, Meredith Ringel Morris, Kori Inkpen

Abstract

People can have experiences through video calls that are otherwise inaccessible. For example, someone who cannot leave the home may wish to experience visiting the zoo. We present TeleTourist, a system that uses video calls with strangers to share experiences for people with mobility restrictions. We designed TeleTourist to enhance immersion and personalization, as well as help balance the relationship between participants of the video calls. We discuss features we have implemented or envisioned for TeleTourist, as well as attributes we wish to evaluate in future work.