There is a lot of talk and hoopla about “telepresence”.

To most, the current definition of telepresence has evolved to mean: A very expensive room-based super-high-quality videoconferencing capability. And you need to buy two.

Many years ago (starting in 1992) we developed a concept called “Personal Telepresence” .   This was based on your personal computer and included the ability to meet with multiple people via videoconferencing, exchange files, show movies, work on a whiteboard, “staple” papers together, etc. etc. The cost was estimated at the time to be around $5000 per end.

TelBitConsulting says: Great applications for “being there” and “collaborating as if you are in the same room” exist on your desktop (ie no need to schedule a room or travel to that room)….and you do not need to break your bank account. Anyone with a computer can use (and afford) “personal telepresence” like capability.

See the following links and see my Reviews on three products that offer the ability to “be there” for a fraction of the cost of a super duper telepresence system:



Polycom PVX


Check out this interesting article about Tandberg and Polycom working with Microsoft to bring “telepresence” to the desktop.


About Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (, Technology (, and Movie Review ( blogger.

Posted on March 17, 2008, in VideoConferencing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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