Thursday, March 20, 2008

5 Things to look for in a Telepresence System

Telepresence is hot: This week, Al Gore and Cisco's CEO, John Chambers, had a TelePresence presentation at VoiceCon addressing how to get greener in business. The bottom line is that TelePresence is getting all the hype these days. Here are 5 things to look for in a Telepresence system, to ensure that you get the best meeting experience:

  1. High Definition Quality Video – It has to be realistic video that looks a lot like a real person, not a binay version of one. Look for scale of the other party and make sure it is real live scale and not a smaller (or larger) version of the person. Have the individual show you his/her wrist watch, you should be able to read it from your end.
  2. Quick and easy to forget technology – when you are in the meeting, you should forget that you are in a Telepresence meeting in 5 minutes tops. It is supposed to feel like a real meeting, not a Skype call with a webcam.
  3. No Echo – people tend to talk when others are talking. It's human nature to interrupt the other party. Make sure that there is no echo, reverb, or other annoying effect with the sound.
  4. Spatial effects – if someone on the right opens a can of Coke, the sound should come from the right, not from the center of the room.
  5. Not affected by outgoing speakers – if someone likes to move a lot and use hand gestures, these should come to the other end seamlessly, without any delay or effect on the video quality.

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