#13: Eye Contact – Secrets to Improve Your Videoconferencing Experience

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In this video, David covers:

  • Why eye contact is so important
  • Why no one is talking about it
  • Why current efforts to improve eye contact aren’t satisfactory
  • What needs to be done to really fix the problem
  • Tips and tricks to improve your eye contact

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David Maldow is the Founder & CEO of Let's Do Video and has been covering the visual collaboration industry, and related technologies, for over a decade. His background includes 5 years at Wainhouse Research, where he managed the Video Test Lab and evaluated many of the leading solutions at the time. David has authored hundreds of articles and thought pieces both at Telepresence Options, where he was managing partner for several years, as well as here at Let's Do Video. David often speaks at industry events and webinars as well as hosting the LDV Video Podcast.

4 Comments

  1. Good video, David

    Apple was granted a couple of patents 8+ years ago.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/26/apple-patent-embeds-thousands-of-cameras-among-lcd-pixels/

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/09/01/08/apple_files_patent_for_camera_hidden_behind_display

    It feels like I’m the only little bird sitting in the corner chirping about eye contact, both in writing about it and working on it. Here is an article I wrote about eye contact after I read yet another article telling folks to look into the camera: http://hellarddesign.blogspot.com/2015/02/bad-video-conferencing-advice.html

    • Good point Randy. I’m a big fan of the DVE line of products. They use a variation of the Pepper’s Ghost technique I described, so their solutions require a bit of depth (space to hide the camera behind the angled one-way mirror). Although to be fair, the DVE Silhouette model really isn’t too thick, they did a good job with it.

      I think the DVE solutions are ideal for kiosks or for executive systems, but the typical desktop needs an affordable flat screen solution.

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