Using Double On Stage



If you are planning on using Double on stage, here are a few tips we recommend.
 
For the remote speaker
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  • The person speaking on-stage should use Chrome from a computer, ideally with a high quality webcam. This is the best webcam that we've found (there's also a software driver that can make it zoom): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CRJWW2G/
  • The speaker should also use a microphone close to their mouth, such as iPhone earbuds, with the mic in the cord. Internal mics are farther away and pick up more room noise, including touching the desk and keyboard.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light on the speaker's face and no backlighting (i.e. don't sit in front of a window).
 
For the on-stage side
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  • For an on-stage presentation, duct tape a wireless lavalier mic to the iPad mount, with the microphone right by the iPad's speaker. The speaker may get an echo from the venue's sound system, so they may want to mute the sound on their computer, if talking for several minutes.
  • Have the camera people treat the robot like a person, using both close-ups and wide shots. A static shot from the remote person's webcam can get very static.
  • We recommend not using an external speaker or microphone while on-stage.
  • We recommend *not* using AirPlay for a mission-critical situation, like on-stage. In our experience, wireless AirPlay is flaky in iOS 8.
 
For mingling in a crowd
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  • You'll need the Audio Kit accessory to hear and be heard. This is a must for noisy environments.
  • In a crowded space, we recommend keeping the robot tall, so people can make eye contact with the remote person more easily.
Note:  When you plug in the external speaker and mic, be sure to restart the video call. There may be some echo on the driver side when changing the audio route on an iPad.

We also recommend using 5GHz Wifi if there are a lot of wireless networks around you. More information can be found here



If you have any more questions, please contact support@doublerobotics.com. 
Last Updated: Sep 08, 2016 06:20PM PDT