Tele-presence can be defined as having the visual and auditory senses operating at a live (non-virtual) location remote from one's own physical location. Effectively removing the eyes and ears from the body’s location and having them operate in real time from somewhere else.
Tele-presence is currently being used for military and exploratory purposes allowing the body to exist in dangerous or inhospitable physical environments.
This project uses similar technology but explores its use in a social context.
The remote hardware consists of a small camera and a binaural microphone. The user views the camera’s image through a set of TV glasses. The head movements are monitored and translated directly to the remote camera in real time. The link between user and camera is wireless. The remote camera can be attached to any moving object, in military use this is usually a robot.
This project replaces the robot with a trained Labrador, enhancing maneuverability, access and intelligence and substantially decreasing costs.