An interesting article in the International Herald Tribune on progress with video conferencing technology;

The videoconference comes of age

By Eric Pfanner International Herald Tribune


LONDON When Ken Crangle, a Hewlett-Packard executive in Corvallis, Oregon, wants to meet with colleagues in farflung corners of the world, he avoids the airport and instead walks down the hall to a room equipped with $425,000 worth of communications gear.He clicks a computer mouse and his colleagues appear life size on high-definition video screens. They speak as if they are with him in the room, without the delay or jerkiness typically associated with such links. If there are several people on the other end, the sound system automatically adjusts to help direct participants’ gaze from one speaker to the next.”What you experience very quickly changes your impressions of videoconferencing,” Crangle said in an interview by telephone.