The Azimuth Project
Remote conferencing

Problem

As far as carbon release and energy consumption, scientists are not only possible solvers of the problem but also a part of the problem: travelling for conferences consumes lots of energy and the air flights and other transportation cause lots of carbon release. Reading, emailing, typing chat and audioconferencing (voipdiscount,skype etc.) is on the other hand not as efficient as a lively discussion. On the other videoconferencing is either low quality in video part, not allowing resolution of the details of writing if present, or it takes huge bandwidth and is memory-consuming for sufficiently faithful storage. On the other hand, using a low quality video togeher with static scan of the drawings has lower level of interactivity – the drawing is better understood if the drawings evolve in explained manner.

Conference and lecture recording

We consider not only multiple party remote conferencing, but also related and sueprimposable technologies for live lecture preparation, recording and conference recording and archiving. Good recordings of the conference talks make conferences not only useful for non-participants but also for a more detailed aftermath study by participants.

Desired technology features

Ideally we should find technologies which:

It is also important to consider what other human-factors, which are often not obvious, are present in effective conferences/presentations/lectures which might need technological equivalents. For example, it can be useful in a long lecture to ask a question and get an answer from the audience. (If nothing else it jolts the audience out of passive mode.) Is there an manpower, technological and “audience psychologically” effective way to allow this? There are certain to be many similar issues, some of which could be listed here if desired.

Technologies

Standard remote communication technologies for conferencing

Smartpens

Aiptek My Note Premium III, web

Records using Aiptek software bundled with pen. NO VOICE.

Intellipen smartpen, NO VOICE.

Add-ons to Skype

What is the free or partially free software for adding the drawing whiteboard joint usage together with skype call and recording the common session (if possible also for skype video call)? The recordings should be for any length (some applications are free for recordings up to 10 minutes or so). Taken by MS it has probably little future to be open in its development.

“Pamela” does a small part of this.

New technologies

Pencasts

Pencasts combine voice and drawing in a synchronized manner.

What is the typical file size?

LiveScribe

The main commercial product for pencasts is called LiveScribe Smartpen. It writes on ordinary paper, and the recordings can be played in applications for computers and for iPads.

According to Benson, the drawbacks are:

Synchronous software for electronic tablets with voice

Is this kind of recording software available for electronic tablets or electronic pans writing on the screen? Like the pencasts above but for usual electronic pens?

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