Wearing Another Personality: A Human-Surrogate System with a Telepresence Face

Publication/Creation Date
September 11 2015
Kana Misawa (creator)
Jun Rekimoto (creator)
The University Of Tokyo (contributor)
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (contributor)
ChameleonMask (creator)
Persuasive Intent
From University of Tokyo's Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, ChameleonMask is a telepresence system that displays a remote user’s face on another user’s face. Whereas most telepresence systems are designed to provide the remote user with an existence via a teleoperated robot, the system uses a real human as a surrogate for the remote user. This is accomplished by the surrogate user wearing a mask-shaped display that shows the remote user’s live face, and a voice channel transmitting the remote user’s voice. The surrogate user mimics the remote user by following the remote user’s directions. In initial experiments conducted, the surrogate tended to be regarded as the actual person (i.e., the remote user). We implemented applications the remote user gives the surrogate directions visually. We conducted user studies to determine how the remote user felt about giving directions to the surrogate and how the surrogate felt to be the body of the director. In the studies conducted, the director had the confidence to go outside with ChameleonMask and the surrogate tended to fulfill the director’s requests and felt positive about being the surrogate.

Presented at Towards New Wearable Applications Panel Session at ISWC 2015.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body

Date archived
October 9 2015
Last edited
November 21 2018
How to cite this entry
Kana Misawa, Jun Rekimoto, ChameleonMask. (September 11 2015). "Wearing Another Personality: A Human-Surrogate System with a Telepresence Face". 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC 2015). International Symposium On Wearable Computers. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/1270