Video conferencing is a great way to get the feeling of face-to-face benefits without the costs of business travel. Now, with a little rigging, executives may be able to offer prospective clients some face-to-robot interactions.
According to USA Today, some businesses are looking into video conferencing solutions that connect to a robot. The telepresence tool has the "virtual eyes and ears of an employee."
The question is, do these robots offer any benefits over computer-to-computer web conferencing? Some think this solution offers panoramic views that make the virtual meetings more real, CNET says, but others feel having a robot roam through a meeting may be "cartoonish" or distracting.
The most obvious benefits of using a video conferencing-equipped robot are its ability to connect workers and clients in remote locations, cut costs on business travel and facilitate document sharing. But whether executives want a robot or not, they can reap these benefits from traditional video conferencing solutions - and it seems many are doing just that.
According to one expert from Wainhouse Research, the video conferencing industry has grown tremendously in the past five years, and the market is predicted to reach more than $4 billion by 2014.