How Jim Vanides attended WIPTE, virtually


Jim Vanides from HP attended WIPTE and our panel via VSee. Prior to the sessions, Ed Evans from Purdue University and I spent time setting up two microphones and two webcameras so that Jim could see the group and the group could see Jim. It took us about a 1/2 hour to set up both Tablet PCs and I think worked fairly well.

Equipment used:

  • Fujitsu Tablet PC with integrated webcamera: The screen was swiveled so the webcamera faced the screen during Jim’s intro. During the Q&A portion of the session, Ed carried the Fujitsu Tablet PC with a microphone attached to each person asking a question, so Jim could hear the person clearly and see the individual with whom he was speaking.
  • Lenovo Tablet PC with Logitech webcamera: The Lenovo Tablet PC rested on the podium with a Logitech webcamera pointed at the audience. The viewing angle was wide enough for Jim to see about 2/3 of the room and it was easy enough to move and point another direction when necessary.
  • Room speaker system & projector allowed the audience to listen and see Jim.