If you read my profile in this month's 'Faces' column in EContent magazine you know that some of my favorite work days are when i am on-site with clients drilling down on requirements. So tie an on-site with using cool technology and there was no doubt that i would truly enjoy my meeting this afternoon.
Thanks to HPs Halo telepresence system, 8,475 miles / 13,637 km didn't stop me from having a frank and honest discussion- and honestly it felt pretty close to having the other person in the room while sitting in one of the HP Halo conference rooms.
It did take a bit to get 'used to it' (mostly because i was interested in the setup, camera angles etc) but the things i liked the best were:
- that there was no image of myself (or the others in the room) on the screens which i always find distracting.
- the person was presented 'life-size'
- eye contact and verbal cues were easy to read just like if a person was in the room
- within a very short time, i forgot about the 'technology' and was just having a conversion