Video Age

Just about my entire team works in Santa Monica. Two of the team members work in Pittsburgh and I am the only one here in Washington. That means most of my meetings are audio-conferences. I rarely see faces. While we have video conferencing rooms, we never use them.

Today, however, I installed a Logitech QuickCamTM “Ultra Vision” camera on my work machine to use with our Adobe Connect meeting software. I just finished doing a test and it was pretty cool. I was able to see people that I was meeting with. The camera and throughput is not as good as what I get on my iSight camera on my macintosh at home, but I can’t complain. It will be nice to see faces in meetings.

Of course, this means that I have to look focused; I can’t be multitasking as much if I am on video. On the other hand, there are cool “face template” that come with the camera, so that I can make it look as though I am wearing a sea captain hat, and smoking a cigar, which has to make the people on the other end laugh, at least a little.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.