03 September 2008

Telepresence 3.0

Cisco and other players such as Polycom are making a lot of marketing fuss around telepresence solution (basically a HD video conference on large screen with audio surround effects) and it is often seen as a "green" solution as it is supposed to cut down business trips.

Frankly speaking, I do not find video conference solutions as useful as they are claimed to be given that they do not bring much value to existing web conferences (voice + application sharing) and do not substitute to a face to face meeting, but do require much more hardware and power!

However, I have to admit that I have been very impressed by the holographic telepresence demo made by Cisco a few months ago. I think there is a future for that kind of engaging communication experience, so long as engineers can make it an affordable box size solution!