Video meetings, live events, 1-on-1 meetings, group meetings, live classes, or courses… you've heard a lot about them in the last few years and definitely, you've been a part of at least one of them.
Maybe you raised a question to yourself: how does the future of video conferences look?
Well, we'll discuss in this post about it, in a realistic way and of course a more abstract or cyber way.
At the moment, vendors of video conference services are trying to increase comfort and humanize all kinds of live events with high-quality video and even 3D audio simulation, cloud computing storage, and real-time audio transcription.
We understand that an important role will be taken by AI, starting with improving video quality or audio volume and ending with highlighting essential parts from a meeting.
Launched in May 2021, Project Starline is a Google-developed experimental video conferencing technology that allows users to see a 3D model of the person with whom they are chatting. The product is very different from the current traditional video conferencing software and provides a better connection between participants thanks to its architecture. Meanwhile, the product isn’t used in other places than a few Google offices, and because of its expensive hardware is going to work only for a specific niche of business in our honest opinion.
As you know, Meta (formerly Facebook) will launch Metaverse this year, a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection. In this case, the platform already has potential thanks to its popularity but the main question is it will be the right place for meetings and live events? We think that No, there are too many points that don’t match the quality of a successful event or even a group meeting such as information privacy, hardware price, and software limitation.
Neuralink, the company started by Elon Musk is probably going to change the future of video conferencing, if not in the new future, but in the distant future most definitely. Neuralink is developing implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). In non-fancy terms, it’s developing chips that can be implanted in the brain and used for various tasks. At the moment their main goal is to help cure neurological conditions including Alzheimer's, dementia, and spinal cord injuries and fuse humankind with artificial intelligence. We’re inclined to think that in a more distant feature the company will also work on consumer products, chips that will allow us to communicate much faster, and probably in an easier and more productive way.
Augmented reality is a technology that could improve video conferencing in numerous ways. Imagine you’re an architect and you’re having a meeting with your colleagues. You can talk a lot about what some construction should look like, but as you know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and with augmented reality, you would be able to see the construction in 3D right in the same room as you, and even move closer to it to see more details. It will also impact a lot of online lessons where students have to see the things they’re studying closer, like biologists, doctors, or chemists.
From a long perspective, video conferencing will take place in a combination of virtual reality and the real world. Holograms will be used as a common tool without any VR headsets, scent simulation will be implemented to give a new perspective to a meeting or a session with a life coach.
We hope that talented people will drive new ideas which will improve human connection in a virtual environment and in the real world.