Experiment assisting system with local augmented body (EASY-LAB) In dual presence environment

Ahmed Alsereidi, Yukiko Iwasaki, Joi Oh, Vitvasin Vimolmongkolporn, Fumihiro Kato, Hiroyasu Iwata


This paper introduces a system designed to support conducting experiments of subjects when the situation does not allow experimenter and subject to be in the same place such as the COVID19 pandemic where everyone relied on video conference applications which has its limitation. Due to the difficulty of directing with a video conferencing system using solely video and voice.

The system we developed allows an experimenter to actively watch and interact with the subject. Even if you're operating from a distant area, it is still possible to conduct experiments. Another important aspect this study will focus on is the case of when there are several subjects required and the experimenter must be able to guide both subjects equally well. The system proposed uses a 6 DoF robotic arm with a camera and a laser pointer attached to it on the subject side. The experimenter uses a head-mounted display to control it and it moves corresponding to the head movement allowing for easy instruction and intervention to the subject side. Comparison with other similar research is also covered. The study will focus mainly on which viewing method is the easiest for the experimenter to use, and if teaching one subject at the time gives better results than teaching two subjects simultaneously.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21014/acta_imeko.v11i3.1248