The disclosure describes techniques for passive natural telepresence that allow a user working from home or other remote location to be passively present at work. Existing devices, e.g., work computers, are configured to allow workers in different locations to interact as if they were present at the same physical location. The techniques facilitate casual unplanned interaction between users in different locations. For example, with user permission, a remote user is provided a feed of ambient office conversations and can join a conversation without scheduling a conference call between colleagues. Devices in the different locations, e.g., an office location, a home location or other remote location are accessed only upon specific permission of the user.
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Shepherd, Garnet; Black, David; and Margolin, Ben, "System for passive natural telepresence", Technical Disclosure Commons, (May 06, 2019)