Shared Presence – Application Ideas

12 July 2011

We thought of several applications for the introduced shared presence scenario. In this post we want briefly describe two of them. For now, we decided to concentrate on upstairs and implement it as a proof of concept system.


Think of your neighbours in the upper floor. Sometimes, you hear them walking around, rearranging chairs, or moving plates in their kitchen. We want to use this as a metaphor for this application, i.e., we stack one room upon the other virtually, by capturing its floor vibrations and playing them back from the ceiling of the other room.

Connected kitchen closets

A kitchen closet is virtually connected to another one by means of sound. Working in the kitchen of a working group usually means social activity and indicates a break. The sound of rumbling plates is easily captured.