The Tele-Actor is a new approach to telepresence and audience interactivity.
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The Tele-Actor is a skilled human equipped with a wireless camera who moves through and interacts with a live remote environment. Camera images are broadcast over the Internet to online participants, who interact by voting with a new interface.
The Tele-Actor system combines two ideas: (1) a human Tele-Actor who is more agile than a robot, and (2) collaborative control, which allows many people to simultaneous participate over the Internet.
The Tele-Actor is being developed by several research groups.