• Exploring gender differences in perceptions of 3D telepresence collaboration technology: An example from emergency medical care

      Maurin, H.; Sonnenwald, D. H.; Cairns, B.; Manning, J. E.; Freid, E. B.; Fuchs, H. (2006)
      Previous research on gender differences and collaboration technology illustrate the need to investigate gender issues as early as possible in the development cycle in order to avoid any negative consequences the technology may impose. Therefore we are investigating the potential of 3D telepresence technology now when only a proof-of-concept demonstration of the technology exists. We conducted a controlled lab study using a post-test design in which male and female paramedics diagnosed and treated a trauma victim (a computerized mannequin) in collaboration with a physician via 2D video or a 3D proxy. The results show several gender differences that imply male paramedics may inherently receive more benefits from use of the 3D telepresence technology than female paramedics.