As shown above, the kiosk is located on a wall outside of the professor's office. The only parts that are visible to the user are the mounted add-on touchscreen (with stylus) and monitor, however the system consists of a standard desktop computer connected to the network. A hidden pair of speakers and a microphone are plugged into the computer's sound card, and a small camera mounted above the monitor feeds into the video capture card. The microphone and speakers are required for speech I/O and the video camera is used for message recording, videoconferencing, and motion-detection.
Last update: March 20 2005 (Michael Perez)