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gaze awareness

the ability to tell what someone is looking at by watching the direction of their eyes. In videoconferencing systems, gaze awareness may be an important aspect of effectively communicating. For videoconferencing, gaze awareness is a more relaxed design principle than designing so that people can maintain eye contact. Is it important for people to be able to see directly into the eyes of the people they are talking to, or is it enough that they know that the person they are talking to is looking at them (i.e. when the monitor displaying the person is not in the same place as the camera)?