Let’s Make 2023 the Year We Figured Out Hybrid Meetings
Even the most staunch advocates of in-person work can admit there are advantages to video conferencing technology. If you’re interviewing job candidates from out of state, you’ll save everyone time (and travel expenses) in those early meetings. And what may have been a phone call in the past can add a personal touch with eye contact over video. You’ll no longer wonder what Mr. So-and-So from accounting looks like; you know each other now.
The hybrid work model has exploded in recent years, and if your Dallas, TX business is using a hybrid schedule, you’ll need the right technology in place. Organizations have historically struggled to manage hybrid work, but the latest innovations are turning the industry upside down—in all the best ways.
Here are the latest video conferencing technologies we’re most excited about for 2023.
Adaptive Framing with AI-Powered Cameras
If all remote participants can see during video calls is a wide shot of your conference table, that’s not a great way to foster communication. Thankfully, there’s another way.
Platforms like Zoom, Teams, and Google Meet now offer software that simultaneously captures multiple video feeds from multiple cameras. That way, everyone in the room has their own square on the video call display, making it easier to see each in-person participant over video.
The camera software takes it a step further by using artificial intelligence to track and frame people in the room. The A technology is smart enough to recognize individual people and knows that if Zack is in two camera feeds, it only needs to display his forward-facing video. When someone speaks, their video square will be highlighted on the call, quickly moving to the next person speaking.
Live Translation Captions
We think everyone should be talking about this incredible innovation. For the first time, international businesses can cross the language divide and communicate with live translations. Zoom, Teams, and Google are now offering live translation captions to video calls. As meeting participants talk, their speech is instantly translated into subtitles below.
Microsoft Teams was the first platform to introduce live translations, with 31 languages available, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, and more. Zoom follows closely behind with 11 languages and 16 additional languages to come this year. As of now, Google Meet offers French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish live translations.
Virtual Cloud-Based Whiteboards
The digital whiteboard has been a puzzling addition to modern conference rooms, but this year, it’s finally figured out. Rather than use a separate whiteboard software external to your existing systems, your staff can engage with whiteboarding technologies in the same platform you’re already familiar with, whether that’s Google Business Suite, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or another.
From touchscreen displays to laptops, your in-person and hybrid teams can draw, sketch, scribble, and write on the virtual whiteboard, then save the canvas to reference another day. Prefer to use old-fashioned markers? Whiteboard cameras instantly capture what’s written on the board, digitize and vectorize it, then save it to the cloud.
Hybrid collaboration has never been better. If your Dallas-area business is ready to upgrade its video conferencing technologies, contact Videotex Systems to learn more about our services today.