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Microsoft HoloLens Could Make Conference Calls Really Fun

Everyone should have the chance to create an ideal virtual world for collaboration. With HoloLens, we could someday connect with colleagues in a fantasy French cafe, or on a World of Warcraft battlefield.

Conference call -- table for four is ready.
Conference call -- table for four is ready.

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Lehmann
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2/10/2015 | 9:08:52 PM
Re: HoloLens conferences
This seems gimmicky, especially given the present real need for a user experience that offers clearer, easier communication. If conference calls are currently a bad experience it is not for lack of ambience. It is because of too much distraction - beeps, bad call quality, people unable to hear or be heard. At my company we depend on conference calls. Forget the lavender fields. A simple, clear call, with fewer distractions and reliable audio would be worth far more.
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2/9/2015 | 8:39:57 AM
Re: HoloLens conferences
I think the HoloLens sales pitch is actually a good use of teleconferencing and VR rolled into one.  I can't tell you how many times I've talked to someone and wished I could see exactly what they were looking at and circle what they should be looking at.  I've come close to this demo using cell phones and Skype or FaceTime but Microsoft is going several steps further.  Their Mars rover scenario seems like it would be very helpful for visualizing movement of the rover and deciding what warrants a closer look.  I don't know that it's ready for the boardroom but it is desirable for a more hands on conversation.
batye
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batye,
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2/8/2015 | 3:53:14 PM
Re: HoloLens conferences
@danielcawrey, thanks for sharing, yes you are right it not always possible... as technology not permits or other factors in play...
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2/8/2015 | 12:57:16 PM
Re: HoloLens conferences
While I think telepresence can be a nice complement for meetings, I still believe the best way to work with someone is in person. 

Sure, I know that's not always possible. But I think it is important to keep in mind that this technology cannot replace in-person meetings. 
batye
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batye,
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2/7/2015 | 12:34:17 AM
Re: HoloLens conferences
@Kelly22, for me it all the same I could work from home or in the office... anyone else have an opinion home vs office ???
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2/6/2015 | 6:54:28 PM
Conference of the future
How about a conference call not being a call at all but the wave of online conferences could add a virtual reality component to them where you actually interact with booths and exhibits, etc.

Way Cool
Kelly22
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2/6/2015 | 5:35:09 PM
Re: HoloLens conferences
@batye no doubt that future technologies will make working from home easier than ever, HoloLens included. That said, I think I'd still prefer to work in an office because there are more people around. Usually working from home involves just me sitting in my living room all day... not terribly exciting!
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2/6/2015 | 5:07:32 PM
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Gary, I love the concept! Make 'em pee in their pants when they see you! (Or laugh hysterical, which would probably be the case!)
batye
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2/6/2015 | 2:26:36 PM
Re: Microsoft HoloLens Could Make Conference Calls Really Fun
@zerox203, interesting observation and I could not agree more... but this days technology changing too rapidly for some of the consumers...
batye
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2/6/2015 | 2:22:34 PM
Re: HoloLens conferences
@SaneIT interesting point... I have to agree... I would not see anything changes... but for some people it a learning curve or the way they feel with they comfort level of this technology...
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