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Presence of mind

January 15, 2008 | Howard Lichtman
sfsHoldingLogo.gif22207024.jpgOnce upon a time, video-conferencing was all about talking heads on wheels. A TV would be rolled into the conference room on a trolley and a head shot would address the meeting.

Interaction was limited and often led to confusion and misunderstanding because of time delays in broadcasting and receiving the audio and video. So interaction was avoided where possible, leading to video-conferencing being not that much different from watching an actual video.


We're introducing this very advanced Polycom technology which will enable students in Washington and Doha to take the same class at the same time together

Thumbnail image for RPX_428M_1_PPT.jpgNow, welcome to the future, where it's all about presence - telepresence to be precise. This is the new wave of video-conferencing, riding the current tide of green- and carbon-conscious business to offer less employee travel - saving those carbon-miles, not to mention travel costs - and as close to "real-life" interaction as technologically possible.

Polycom, which has been specialising in unified collaboration for voice, video, data and the web since 1990, displayed its new telepresence systems in Paris in November. Polycom RealPresence Experience High Definition (RPX HD) products are designed to offer a conference or meeting event in high definition video, with surround sound audio and high resolution content that allows video and audio capture of participants, as well as data such as presentations, to be presented in "real time".

Instead of time delays and participants in different sites talking over each other, RPX should provide an interactive experience, where people are talking with, rather than at, each other. And so far, it seems that businesses are interested.

[via itp.net]








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