Telepresence interactions can appear unnatural and alienating, thus making them feel superficial, hampering the development of meaningful human connection between participants. Current mechanisms to augment telepresence are inadequate for overcoming these sensory deficiencies since these typically augment only a single sense and sometimes result in attenuating essential sensory experience and/or exaggerating the sensory impact. This disclosure describes augmentation techniques to create a more natural sense of presence during video conferencing by adding various layers of natural background visuals and/or sounds, with specific user permission. An indication that a particular participant’s appearance has been augmented is provided to all participants in the video conference. A suitably trained machine learning model can be used to select the types and intensities of background audiovisual stimuli to which a user is the most responsive.
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Deweerd, Wim, "Enhanced Telepresence via Sensory Augmentation", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 11, 2022)