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Getting Real in Virtual Meetings

January 2, 2008 | Chris Payatagool
By Katherine Noyes via ecommercetimes.com

virtual.jpgPerhaps the most exciting emerging area in virtual meetings is the use of 3-D conferencing technology and avatars, much like something you might see in Second Life. "We're creating environments where people can get together and work as if they were in the same place," Greg Nuyens, CEO of Qwaq, told the E-Commerce Times. Qwaq is a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of virtual workspace technology.

There are many reasons why a company might opt to conduct virtual meetings rather than face-to-face ones. Cost is one, particularly with fuel costs soaring; having a widely dispersed base of employees, clients or partners is another common one.

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