Title: A proposal of body movement-based interaction towards remote collaboration for concurrent engineering

Authors: Teruaki Ito

Addresses: Institute of Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima, 2-1 Minami-Josanjima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan

Abstract: The goal of concurrent engineering is to achieve the reduction of cost and time-to-market as well as to improve the quality of products, where collaboration of participants among different locations is critical. Various types of communication tools are available. However, the participants do not have the same feeling as a face-to-face meeting in remote communication. This study focuses on the issues of tele-presence and virtual immersion in remote communication, and proposes an idea of body movement-based interaction. The first approach is a hand gesture-based interaction called ATPI, which covers the natural control and mimicry of movement towards a distant object. The second approach is a head movement-based interaction called ARM-COMS, which covers the physical challenge as well as the mimicry of head movement using a physical object. Based on the preliminary experiments for these two approaches, feasibility of the idea of body movement-based interaction will be discussed in this paper.

Keywords: body movement; interaction; hand gestures; head movement; remote collaboration; concurrent engineering; simultaneous engineering; telepresence; virtual immersion.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2014.065349

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2014 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.365 - 382

Received: 04 Dec 2013
Accepted: 21 Mar 2014

Published online: 22 Oct 2014 *

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