Guest in a lecture

For years, Kaido has used a practice (suggested by Linnar Viik) at his lectures – somewhere at the midpoint, he does an advertisement break, spending some minutes on something totally different from the main topic of the lecture.

Today, Janika visited in a Double robot. Took a pic, too.

Janika visiting Kaido’s students at a lecture

International visitors – via telepresence

Today, we had visitors at CM – all of them used our new robotic surrogate bodies. First, we had Dr Piedad Tolmos Rodríguez-Piñero from King Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), later we also hosted Dr Chris Brownell and Prof Päivi Häkkinen from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (Jyväskylä, Finland).

Mirror, mirror...
Mirror, mirror upon the wall… (Photos taken with a Double robot)

After discussing our prospective cooperation in telepresence robotics and didactics, we also took our quests to a small campus tour – some of us in our natural state, others using the robots.

Creativity mattered – at the PYNT community follow-up meeting

About 20 people from the PYNT community established last Spring gathered at the TalTech IT College today. In addition to academic staff, we also had a number of medics from Ida-Tallinna Keskhaigla, a major hospital in Tallinn.

Our team ran a series of experiments involving four Double 3 telepresence robots – we had prepared a short imaginary scenario involving a professor and a student discussing homework. Each participant had to go through this both using the Double and his/her ordinary self, and with both a previously known and an unknown partner.

An even more fun part was the ‘robot theatre’ where the participants teamed up and had about half an hour to prepare a short sketch involving both a Double user and ‘live’ participants. Among those, we witnessed (a wacky kind of) giving birth, a bunch of seniors nagging on an advisor, and a funky family (with Mum being away and giving orders via robot)…  It was proven that medics need a strong sense of humour. 🙂

The next PYNT community meeting was set to December. Stay tuned!

Katrin, Kaido and the robots
The preparatory meeting a day before: Katrin, Kaido and the Doubles

Workshop @ iduEDU

We took part in the iduEDU 2022 educational festival in the Tallinn Secondary School of Science. The workshop titled “What if the teacher comes to the class as a robot?” brought in about a dozen people and resulted in a lively discussion. Janika telepresented herself via a Double 3 robot (she was physically in Norway). Jaanus and Kaido were present in person – but the perceived difference was pretty marginal, we were all there. 🙂

iduEDU 2022
CreativeMatters workshop @ iduEDU 2022