from telepresence to “smart presence”
While consumers and SOHO/SME generally resort to web conferencing solutions designed for the home such as Skype or Google Hangouts, larger businesses are installing high-definition video conferencing equipment. But what is the alternative for the gap between these two extremes? A “smart presence” system is the answer, which in addition to integrating a high-end audiovisual solution, enables you to move around freely.
“Smart presence” solutions involve using the same principles as a telepresence system but with added intelligence, that is to say:
- mobility, for example, being able to follow a co-worker in order to “debrief” after a meeting in a more informal manner
- non-verbal communication, profoundly human reactions such as turning around when someone calls out to you.
“Smart presence” is the last virtual step before we find ourselves in the presence of a real human being. It arises through one or several telepresence robots that are steered around by a software programme that you download onto your computer. They are equipped with a webcam, microphone and speakers. Once you are connected to your robot, you are free to exchange with the person you are communicating with and follow them around as if you were physically next to them, enabling you to have more confidential discussions, for example.
BeamPro and Beam+, designed by Suitable Technologies and distributed by Awabot, are leading names in the telepresence robot sector. While BeamPro is designed for use in a professional environment or in the events sector, the more discreet and compact Beam+, is better suited to the office or home, for occasional use only. On the applications, side of things, the possibilities are endless. Business, distance learning and telemedecine etc. You decide how best to use it, to suit your needs.