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22 Aug 2018

Fusion

Effective communication is a key factor in social and professional contexts which involve sharing the skills and actions of more than one person. This research proposes a novel system to enable full body sharing over a remotely operated wearable system, allowing one person to dive into someone’s else body. “Fusion” enables body surrogacy by sharing the same point of view of two-person: a surrogate and an operator, and it extends the limbs mobility and actions of the operator using two robotic arms mounted on the surrogate body. These arms can be used independently of the surrogate arms for collaborative scenarios or can be linked to surrogate’s arms to be used in remote assisting and supporting scenarios. Using Fusion, we realize three levels of bodily driven communication: Direct, Enforced, and Induced. We demonstrate through this system the possibilities of truly embodying and transferring our body actions from one person to another, realizing true body communication.

This project is done in collaboration between Keio University Graduate School of Media Design and The University of Tokyo.

SIGGRAPH 2018 ETech page

Media and Press:
ACM SIGGRAPH Blog
MIT Technology Review
IEEE Spectrum
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) – Japanese
Fast Company
Dezeen
hackster.io
Seamless – Japanese
DigitalTrends

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