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

PYNT community kick-off meeting

We hosted the PYNT (Present Yet Not There) community kick-off meeting on June 16. PYNT is an emerging community of practice involving researchers and educators interested in various applications of telepresence robotics in education (e.g. allowing greater participation for students who cannot attend due to health or other issues).

PYNT meeting 16.06.22