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There seems to be some misconceptions on how current video conferencing technology can't replace a face-to-face meetings. I think it's important that everyone on this thread understand the current communication transition that's taking place nationally and globally. Since the economic slowdown, the video conferencing industry has been on the uptick. It's currently a 1.7 Billion dollar worldly industry expected to grow to 4.9 Billion in 2014. Greater resolutions using lessor bandwidth have rejuvenated a once cumbersome technology that is ripe with HDTV sets sitting in many family rooms across Oregon.
Today, you can hold a very personal face to face HD (720p - same HD resolution you watch on OPB) video conversation on your HDTV using only 768Kbps of an internet connection. Delivering constant 30 frames per second, the term telepresence is now reality. Most DSL circuits offered from various ISP's exceed 768Kbps. This same technology can deliver DVD quality at 384Kbps with the same 30 frames per second. In addition, content from any computer can be shared with the video conference in high definition. That is, see a word doc or Excel spreadsheet as if you were in the same room with the computer that's sharing.Users of this technology meet more often. Having the ability to instantly meet someone in high definition on a moments notice creates unity and continuity. If a counterpart could instantly show up in your office doorway anytime they needed to speak with you, would you accomplish more? Would nonverbal gestures and body signals help deliver a thought or message more effectively? The majority of business users think so and so does a company called LifeSize Communications: www.lifesize.com
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