Is Desktop Video Really Useful?

Sylvia Wilbur

(QMW University of London)

PC-based interactive video is becoming increasingly viable, using either commercial products operating over broadband network connections, or Internet-based software. But is desktop video just a tool for occasional remote meetings, or does it have the potential to become a general-purpose medium in a computer environment?

Earlier research suggested the medium would not be very useful as a component of a networked computer. However, the results of an experimental four-node system based on analogue video, built at QMW, suggest that desktop video is useful for working with colleagues when certain criteria are met.
Tuesday 3rd December 1996, 14:30
Seminar Room 322
Department of Computer Science