Video conferencing technology takes a strange turn

Monday, June 10 2013

Video conferencing technology enables presenters to broadcast to viewers scattered across the world, and companies constantly strive to find new uses for the innovative tools. However, sometimes this drive goes to the extreme, and some very unique uses for video conferencing technology are cropping up.

For example, iRobot and Cisco teamed up to produce a robot that can literally wander the halls of an office and broadcast real-time data back to an executive on the other end, according to a press release. This robot would be able to attend meetings, interact with workers and even speak to people. 

"The iRobot Ava 500 is a perfect example of using Cisco's portfolio of high-definition video collaboration solutions to innovate and expand the reach of telepresence," said Snorre Kjesbu, vice president and general manager, Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, according to the source.

It might be a stretch to imagine a robot idling down a row of cubicles, but regular video conferencing technology is readily adaptable to any office environment. Remote viewers can log in from any location with an internet connection, and presenters can even stream their slideshows to a general digital audience.