tele·​pres·​ence | \ ˌte-lə-ˈpre-zən(t)s How to pronounce telepresence (audio) \

Definition of telepresence

1 : technology that enables a person to perform actions in a distant or virtual location as if physically present in that location I was evaluating a new kind of robot that could allow a travel-weary executive to visit any office in the world without ever leaving his or her own desk. The technology is called telepresence, and it takes advantage of the vast information-carrying capacity of the Internet.— Mark Alpert The system was developed with funding from the U.S. Army with the main goal of allowing the surgeon to operate through telepresence at a safe distance from a wounded soldier on the battlefield.— Craig D. Turner also : the practice of using such technology in the remote operation of a machine (such as a robot) In telepresence the movements of a human operator on Earth are electronically transmitted to a robot that can reproduce the movements on another planet's surface. — Paul D. Spudis While it may seem gimmicky, the fact that telepresence robots offer their controllers a mobile physical presence in another place has a powerful influence on social interactions. — Helen Knight
2 : the experience of using telepresence technology It'll take a while before cumbersome VR headsets slim down for everyday use. That's why, inside fledgling startups and tech giants like Google and Facebook, designers are concocting products to make telepresence more compelling and are adding features unique to the digital realm. Collaborative documents, whiteboards, AR, AI.— Steven Levy

First Known Use of telepresence

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for telepresence

tele- + presence

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“Telepresence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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