Microsoft Research Creates RoomAlive Because Videoconferencing Has Failed


Story by Jason Cartwright, TechAU

Despite almost every new digital device (phones, tablets, laptops) shipping with cameras, the number of times you video call someone is still tiny in 2016. Part of the reason is that you can call from locations, like home, where you don’t have your game face on.

Another common reason is the failing to deliver an experience that’s equal to sitting across the room from the person. In theory, Skype, Facetime, Hangouts and Facebook, should all have fundamentally changed how we move about the world. In reality, there’s more flights today than there ever has been, which means people still remain unsatisfied with the digital experience, so much so they’re prepared to endure the cost, the time and the inconvience of flying.

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