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Shared remote control of a video conferencing application: motivation, design, and implementation
Author(s): Todd Hodes; Mark Newman; Steven McCanne; Randy H. Katz; James Landay
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Paper Abstract

Most conferencing systems are focused on facilitating one of two types of meetings: those in a single room, consisting entirely of collocated participants, or those with isolated individuals at different physical locations. Our experiences are of a third style: hybrid meetings consisting of both collocated groups and isolated participants. We illustrate the limitations of using an existing desktop-based tools in the shared meeting room portion of this hybrid meeting style, and propose adding a software control substrate matched to the specifics of the application to address the inadequacies. We derive requirements for the in-room applications, and, as a concrete example from the domain, describe the design and implementation of an application for manipulation of in-room shared video display. Our design employs a user interface split across multiple physical devices paired with a control protocol managing communication between them. The client portion runs on wirelessly-connected portable devices (laptops and 3Com Palm Pilots) and supports per-user input; the server portion handles presentation of shared output on a video monitor. Our design is optimized for meeting room use in three ways: simplified operation to reduce demands on attention, support for remote control, and support for access by multiple simultaneous users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3654, Multimedia Computing and Networking 1999, (14 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.333811
Show Author Affiliations
Todd Hodes, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Mark Newman, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Steven McCanne, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Randy H. Katz, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
James Landay, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3654:
Multimedia Computing and Networking 1999
Dilip D. Kandlur; Kevin Jeffay; Timothy Roscoe, Editor(s)

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