We propose “ExLeap”, a minimal telepresence system that creates leaping experience. Multiple “nodes” with an omnidirectional camera, mic and speaker transmit the video to clients, and on the client, videos are rendered in 3D space. When moving to another node, by crossfading two videos, the user can feel as if she/he leaps between two places. Also, on each node, the user can talk with people in that place. Each node consists of very simple hardware, so we can put them on multiple places we want to go to. Moreover, because the system can be used 24/7 by multi-user simultaneously and is very easy to use, it creates various types of chances of communications.
A. Izumihara, D. Uriu, A. Hiyama and M. Inami, "ExLeap: Minimal and highly available telepresence system creating leaping experience," 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Osaka, Japan, 2019, pp. 1321-1322, doi: 10.1109/VR.2019.8798064.