Video conferencing just got easier with the innovative VGo, a robot launched by Asnet Technologies at the recent Health Informatics NZ conference that enables users to connect face-to-face with individuals in remote locations.
The process involves a user speaking into a laptop webcam and the VGo projecting their voice and face through its screen.
The VGos retail for $10,000, which Asnet Technologies managing director Eric Greenop says is a small price to pay for better communication.
He says the VGo is a breakthrough in video-conferencing and will revolutionise the way businesses face-to-face connect.
“Time has become an increasingly scarce resource in modern business. The VGo is a window into the future, where being in the room won’t necessitate you actually being there physically.”
The system has been used in schools, hospitals and factories internationally.
“Video conferencing technology is becoming increasingly important for services where face-to-face interaction is especially important. For health professionals, small details like bedside presence make a big difference to the wellbeing of patients,” said Greenop.
“With this device, a consultant in Auckland – for example - whose expertise is needed in a hospital in Invercargill, could sign into the unit through his computer and take a ‘walk’ around an actual ward, seeing patients and providing advice at an instant.”