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Yuri - CTL98 - Report

Linz, AT;
Time's Up Laboratories
13.07.1998 - 18.07.1998

teleperception - remote control

Report 7/14

Person 1 is wearing a stereoscopic camera and head- mounted display (i-glasses) (HMD), transmitting the video signal onto person 2 who is wearing a HMD herself.

The receiving person suffers from severe disorientation and feels insecure. The cognitive recognition of his/her sight seems to vanish.
The strong impact of the transmitted signal is hard to decipher from one´s own vision.
Upon interaction with the transmitter: tossing a ball towards the transmitting person, both test persons are likely to try and catch the ball, as does the receiving person react to any of the transmitters actions (lifting an object, climbing stairs e.a.)

The receiver tries and learns to recognise him/herself through the cameras image. His/her self--consciousness is dependent upon being inside the picture or not. The transmitter carries the responsibility to deliver the perspective at which the receiver experiences him/herself.

Riding a bicycle, stepping stairs, walking in circles or figure eights as concrete tasks for the receiver to solve.
The transmitter is trying to put him/herself into the receivers place to find an optimized frame set.

The receiver´s irritation is largely caused from the "wrong" image angles within the HMD and the necessity to focus on one´s own position within the picture. The feeling is described as one of self-remote control not unsimilar to an arcade game. The change over from one´s own sight to seeing one´s image from the outside is not like a mirror image at all, hence is experienced as very "difficult". The implication being though, that on a longer testing time it would become familiar and one would get used to it.

Is the receiver put into a different physical space than the transmitter any kind of interaction is taken away and the experience becomes that of watching TV.
The receiver is not showing any visible signs of reaction no more.
A shared space between the receiver and transmitter has therefore to be taken as an essential paradigm for the experiments.

more technical experiments (Hyper-stereoskopie e.a.)
Dining under remote perception conditions along with biofeedback measurements.

Report 7/17
Dining under remote perception conditions
The hungry receiver person had to eat spaghetti while he saw himself only in his i-glasses through the transmitter´s eyes. While solving this task, skin resistance on the left forefinger and muscle activity at the persons neck were measured.

Meanwhile the test-person knew the effects of remote perception quite well. Nevertheless he had problems with the not-mirrored picture in the HMD so that he only could eat a small part of his portion. When the receiver saw the sending person eating (a spoon of white spaghetti with grey tomato sauce disappears at the lower picture end) he reported a strong impression like eating the spoon of spaghetti himself (parallel to the experiments in the beginning of the week).

The receiver's skin resistance fell during the dinner continuously until he gave up eating and asked for a cigarette. Lighting the cigarette triggered a faster fall of the resistance, for the flame was only a big white spot on the video picture. Then the resistance curve rose up again.

The measurement of muscle activity at the receiving person's neck should have documented the person's tendency to follow camera- (head-) movements of the sender. There were no significant deflections obviously because the receiver was quite used to the situation.

Tests with different distances between the two lenses of the stereoscopic camera.

Enlarging the distance (50 cm) causes a stronger stereoscopic effect in the depth of the video picture, but recognizing objects in next to the lenses gets impossible (like the attempt to focus on your own nose).

Analogous a smaller lens distance (2 cm) lowers the stereoscopic effect in the depth of the video picture, but makes the application in makro-environments possible (e.g. small labyrinth...).

Hyperstereoscopy has hardly an impact on one's feel for dimensions. At the most it is only a support to an in case already existing impression that makes things appearing smaller/bigger.

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