Innovations in video conferencing set to continue

Innovations in video conferencing set to continue

Collaboration has always been a key part of any successful business model, making the rise of video conferencing, which has taken over a swathes of digitally savvy organisations by storm, an unsurprising development.

Whereas in the past businesses would rely-on physical face-to-face meetings in order to achieve the communication needed for successfully collaborating with third parties, video conferencing means there is now no need to venture beyond the boardroom.

While phone calls (and more recently voice over internet protocol) have always held a certain level of popularity in corporate communications, the visual nature of video conferencing makes it easier to improve collaboration.

However, the technology is not exactly showing much sign of stalling, with developers and researchers seeming to constantly be on the look out for more ways in which to find further innovations.

NTT, a Japanese company, has been investigating the effects of adding natural elements of a live conversation, which include head and eye movement, as well as the way they react during the conversation and their environment.

Its latest project has seen it incorporate the use of very thin transparent screens capable of reproducing high-resolution and real-size images.

These are consequently equipped with a number of interpretation and response sensors, which monitor both the environment and people within.

The background of each participant's images are removed, allowing them to create or redesign a full-size environment, constantly reacting to the movements of each person and others.

Those movements can then be combined to form a more accurate representation of a real conversation.

For example, it makes it possible to know who participants are talking to, allowing communication to be far more personal and therefore much more effective.