—A method for conveying gaze-awareness by using a
faint light is proposed. It is useful for conference-room meetings
in which only a few participants are using a commercial
video-conferencing system at a remote site. The proposed
method involves the following steps. First, the gaze direction of
the remote participant is detected; second, and a faint light is
shone on the corresponding participant at the local site. The
proposed method was experimentally evaluated in the case of
two types of meetings under the three conditions: face-to-face,
video conference, and video conference with gaze-awareness.
When the video-conferencing system supports gaze-awareness
by utilizing a faint light, the local participants gaze at the remote
participant in the same way as they gaze at other local
participants. The method supports natural communication via a
commercial video-conferencing system at low implementation
cost without the need for redesigning the shared display.
—Eye contact, gaze-awareness, shared display,
M. Shikida is with Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1292 Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Mikifumi Shikida, "Conveying Gaze-Awareness by Using a Faint Light with a Video-Conferencing System," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 38-42, 2016.