Mix and Match Technologies
March 16, 2011 @ 11:17 AM | By Sarah Murphy
Remember what happened when peanut butter and chocolate collided? Here’s a Reese’s commercial to remind you. Wouldn’t it be great if mixing and matching features from different technologies was just as easy? So what would I like to mix together? Online meetings and my TiVo.
I love my TiVo. It lets me skip commercials, records what I ask it to and finds me shows it thinks I might be interested in watching. The best part of TiVo is the ability to pause and rewind live television. Here’s where I’d like to mix it with online meetings. Yesterday during a large project team meeting it was announced that the status of the project was going in another direction. It was like a reflex reaction as I wanted to grab my TiVo remote and rewind the meeting a few seconds to repeat what I just heard. It was a large meeting so I wasn’t going to interrupt to ask the presenter to repeat himself.
Another great TiVo feature is on-demand recording. If I’m watching a program and decide part way through I want to record it, no problem. Maybe I can’t watch the entire show, but with one press of the remote, TiVo will have it waiting for me to watch later. Now for online meetings, I’m sure there are times when you have every intention to attend the whole meeting but something or someone pulls you away unexpectedly. You don’t have to miss out on the rest of the meeting—hit the instant record and it will be waiting for you as soon as you are ready. Yes, as a moderator or host this is possible today, but what if participants could create their own recordings?
Now my day dreaming is going one step further. OnStar can now read your Facebook page to you while you drive. No thumbing through you smartphone to see what’s been posted while you try to keep your eyes on the road. So how about an OnStar feature for listening to recorded meetings as you commute home? Just press the button on your rear view mirror and ask for today’s meetings or yesterday’s meetings or the meeting from a specific date. OnStar then safely plays back the meeting for you as traffic grinds to a standstill.
All these ideas are nothing more than a little day dreaming. If you could wave the magic wand, what current day technologies or features would you like to mix into your online meetings?