In Progress

Avatar Project

Exploring employment opportunities with real time video

Collaborators: Dr. Colin Scott, Dr. Bill Thies.

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High bandwidth cellular connectivity is becoming highly pervasive in countries like India. Over the last few years the number of smartphones have exponentially increased. There have been extensive studies in the HCI community on remote collaboration and remote experiences. The main questions we are asking here is

  1. Can we provide sustainable employment opportunities via mobile video streamed crowdsourcing?
  2. What kind of interventions and interactions do these video communications enable?
With Avatar, we aim to provide opportunities for mobile crowd workers to perform tasks with varying skill ranges similar to current crowd sourcing platforms. The Avatar project and its services serve as one of the requirements for implementation of proof of verifiable work in the Vishrambh project.