People working away from the office have never had more technology at their disposal to make their jobs easier. Social media, instant messaging, smartphones, cloud storage, collaborative software and video conferencing have made communication to and from the office far less difficult than it would have been several years ago, but despite all the advances made, there’s still room for improvement.
Following on from our twitter post about a new ‘robot’ which allows remote workers to ‘roam’ around an office via video, you might wonder what other cool new innovations are in the pipeline. As it happens, there are quite a few which might make office life a little less stressful and more exciting at the same time, but what are they and when, if at all, can we expect to see them?
Straight out of sci-fi?
The robot itself is very cool and useful, but it can be a bit bulky, plus most offices couldn’t afford to have one. A less difficult and more impressive alternative may come in the form of holographic video conferencing, which has already been trialled in high-profile circumstances. For remote workers, it could give them even more reason to enjoy staying at home without fearing being out of the loop.
How this particular form of video conferencing works is that a holographic image of the person using it is beamed to another location remotely using a special kind of projector. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? As far back as 2008, Prince Charles used it to deliver a speech, and since then, this technology is being harnessed before it’s made for a mass market.
The next step in holographic video conferencing technology came in the form of Musion, which saw the deceased rapper Tupac Shakur brought back to life for a concert! Creepy as that might seem, Musion could become a feature of many offices if many businesses like what they see, especially if it makes this tech more ‘human’.
A personal touch
As great as the robot might seem, Musion has a big advantage over it. As well as being more visually impressive, it’s also more immersive and has that personal touch which you might not get from the robot or an ordinary conference call.
“If Musion begins to take off, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that businesses could use this technology for conferences, meetings and so much more”, commented Jacqui Keep, Marketing Executive from Powwownow.
“In time, holographic video conferencing could become the norm, but it depends largely on cost, need and space, although the latter issue might be resolved if the technology behind it becomes smaller.”
It’s likely that the technology behind Musion could become smaller. If so, then expect businesses and homes to take it up and use it to their hearts’ content, leaving the video conferencing robot trailing in its wake.