Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2005)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 3, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2005
Steven E. Poltrock , Boeing Phantom Works, Seattle, WA
Jonathan Grudin , Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
We describe several recent videoconferencing experiments and deployments. An extensive literature has shown limited benefits from video in support of live meetings. However, technical, cost, and behavioral shifts suggest that new opportunities are emerging. To understand the prospects requires careful differentiation among videoconferencing configurations along dimensions such as point-to-point vs. multi-point, conference rooms vs. offices, and ISDN vs. IP. Behavior can be affected in ways that are not always intuitive. Still, declining costs, increasing ease of use, and growing use of personal video are having an impact. Will the new generation of IP-based videoconferencing overcome past obstacles to wider use of video? We review the challenges and opportunities and emerge with guarded optimism.
J. Grudin and S. E. Poltrock, "Videoconferencing: Recent Experiments and Reassessment," Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences(HICSS), Big Island, HI, USA USA, 2005, pp. 104a.