There have been all sorts of advancements in video conferencing technology over the past few years, with Cisco famously launching their super expensive Telepresence system recently, that sets up a huge roundtable, with half the table being screens showing people sitting at a similar table somewhere else in the world. By why waste all that technological advancement on something as mundane as meetings? Why not have it do something a bit more useful, like allowing you to share dinner with your parents who live a thousand miles away and miss you terribly (they do, really)? Apparently has-been consulting firm Accenture is trying to repurpose some of that fancy video conferencing equipment they convinced plenty of corporations to buy over the last couple of decades and are now pitching a system that would do something similar for the dinner table, allowing distant (in space, not blood) relatives to share a meal together virtually with a big screen, some cameras and some speakers. I'm sure it sounds great for many people... but I can just imagine the excuses kids who purposely moved far away from their parents will start having to come up with to keep the virtual dinner visits to a minimum.
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