Video Conferencing for Schools and Universities

It’s hard to think of many better environments to use video collaboration tools than in a college setting.  Not only for remote learning, but also for campus-dwellers themselves. Given the proliferation of computers on campuses, it may be more efficient for study groups to meet remotely because of the ease…

Share Valentine’s Day With Video…

Recently, I was in a hotel in San Diego for VSee-related business.  Milton and Colleen were also both in San Diego with me. My wife, however, was still up in Anaheim.  Milton and Colleen’s families were both up in Northern California. Let me tell you, a video call is so…

Tips on When to Use Email, Phone, or Video

We’ve all been there.  Someone sends you an email asking you a question.  You respond and ask for some clarification.  Three days of back-and-forth emails later, you get fed up with how slow the discussion is going and call the other person.  Three minutes later, you both have all the…

Today was About the Buzz…

If you read any tech news at all today, you read about Google Buzz.  ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch, you name it (CNN), they wrote about it.  (Figures CNN’s headline mentions taking on Facebook…right when I start a full court Facebook blitz.  Dang.) Well, the reason I bring it up here isn’t to…

The More Things Change…

…The More They Stay the Same. This is as true with communications as it is with societal ills. There was a study from 18 years ago (and here) to see how to make video conferencing (which we’ve gone well beyond now into app sharing and collaborative tools) more palatable to…

Update from Haiti—Checking in on HELP

Randy Roberson is In Haiti today. We’ve mentioned Randy and his organization, HELP (Humanitarian Emergency Logistics & Preparedness), several times in the last couple weeks.  Well, I spoke to him yesterday while he was in a hotel on the Haitian border in the Dominican Republic.  I recorded some of the…

E-Mail Saves Time, but Video Says More.

In this era of tighter travel budgets, there are still reasons to meet face-to-face, or so it says in an article in today’s New York Times, E-Mail Saves Time, but Being There Says More. The article quotes a hard-traveling lawyer about how sometimes one needs to do business in person:…

Applications Abound

My dad’s a lawyer. Yes, we’ve heard all the jokes.  Heck, I like to tell them.  But I’m proud to say he’s one of the good ones. He’s also a good example of what I was writing about at the end of last week.  You know—that Hillary’s speech is a…

Hillary’s Speech Internet Freedom

Wow.  Great speech. I recommend that everyone read this speech given by Hillary Clinton today. From a video collaboration and human-computer interaction standpoint, this is a watershed moment in politics.  There are plenty of articles already discussing the humanist message or how Google’s showdown with China changed the world and…

The Competition is Heating Up…

…But it’s just not there yet.  I mean, we’re free for most users, right? So this was an interesting bit of news today from TechCrunch and ViVu. Basically, ViVu created a Skype plug-in called “VuRoom” that will enable multiparty calling and some additional collaboration tools. Aaaand they’re going to charge…

Updates on Haiti Tech and VSee

Just a short little post to follow up on the CNN article from a few posts ago and the story about VSee and telemedicine for disaster relief a few posts before that. First, there’s a new article in CNN today regarding CrisisCamp and the results of their weekend creating tools…

Don’t Forget Lighting! part 1

Ah, lighting. Never underestimate the importance of lighting in a video call. No matter whether you’re using VSee or Skype, Cisco or Polycom, the people you’re talking to want to see you.  They don’t want to see… …which is lit mostly from the front.  You’ll note that due to the smaller space I am…

Tech for Haiti

An article went up on CNN today about how many tech companies are meeting today in several cities across the US to brainstorm and coordinate rescue and relief efforts in Haiti.  It’s being hosted by the Sunlight Foundation, coordinated by CrisisCamp, and they’re using BarCamp to get the ideas out. …

Why Joel Stein is Wrong about Video…

Mr. Stein of Time recently wrote a post saying he dislikes video calls. Fortunately, I thinks he’s all wrong. His main arguments are that you lose the ability to zone out without getting caught when you make video calls, you can no longer multitask, and you lose the ability to…

Two Ways to Help Haiti

This post doesn’t directly discuss VSee, video conferencing, collaboration, tips, etc. However, I’d like to help two organizations out that are both sending people to Haiti to help with the crisis:  Partners in Health and HELP (Humanitarian Emergency Logistics & Preparedness), who we mentioned in a post yesterday and will…

Video Communication and Disasters

The recent earthquake in Haiti and the ongoing tragedy has reminded me of the great responsibility of VSee and the industry as a whole to continue advances in disaster relief, search and rescue, and reconstruction. Now, we’ve worked with several agencies using VSee in its normal function of video conferencing…

Good Things in 9.0.0.1201

It’s a bright New Year and we have exciting things happening here at VSee:  Borderless windows!  Easier sharing!  And more as the year continues! Just last month we released VSee v.1201, and let me tell you I think it’s a great step up from v.612. If you’ve already read our…

Tip of the day: arranging windows

One of the most powerful features of VSee is the ability to meet with 2, 3 or up to 10 people (depending on bandwidth) and see them all simultaneously, each person in their own window. You have complete flexibility to position each window wherever you want, but sometimes you just…

Tip of the day: sharing a region of the desktop

You may have used VSee’s capability of sharing an application or the desktop, but did you know you can share just a specified region of the desktop? This can be especially useful when you are using an application such as PowerPoint and you want to show the slide but not…

Top Four Ways Providers Use Video for Better Health Care

Radiology Consultation at Stanford Hospital One of the major applications of real-time video is delivering expertise at a distance. There are few areas where this is more important than health care. We’ve been finding that quite a few of our customers are using video in health care applications that connect doctors…