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Looking Ahead to Telepresence

Sheldon as a robot

Shel-bot

Remember when a conference call was cutting edge? Now it’s commonplace. How about that first webinar? It wasn’t necessarily a cinch to get in, but once you got in, you were relieved to participate without having to fly to a different city. As companies tried to reduce travel costs, the adoption of virtual meetings seemed to skyrocket. In every work environment, collaboration is critical to success. As a result, it is imperative to ensure that colleagues feel connected and clients feel engaged. Whether addressing people across the room or around the world, corporate leaders must carefully balance attention between everyone present. This blog will be my attempt to expand interaction among my own professional virtual community. Conversations and interactions among my colleagues have fueled my desire to foster a place where we can share ideas and encourage people with interests in technical communication, technology, and society. We will also explore tie-ins to social media, project management, and team dynamics. In coming weeks, I’ll focus on community, how the KM Chef came into existence and some tasty entrees I’m anticipating in 2013. In the meantime, let’s start with this appetizer: one of the latest developments in mobile video conferencing. I remember when an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon “robotized” himself. Could you visualize a robot version of yourself rolling around your company’s office like this? http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/telepresence-robots-employees-beam-work-18100563.

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