Mobile telepresence is creating endless opportunities for remote collaboration. What used to be confined to boardrooms and designated meeting spaces is now possible from almost any location. We designed KUBI as a portable communication tool that works hand in hand with mobile devices to enhance the user experience on either end of the call. But KUBI’s usefulness is not limited to the conference room. Here are just a few unique ways KUBI is already being implemented outside tablet videoconferencing:
1. “Always Available” portal
An early application we explored with KUBI which has become vital to daily operations at Revolve is the “always available” collaboration portal. The concept is simple: keep a KUBI in a central office location with a constantly running video feed. Remote workers can enter and exit the video meeting to communicate with team members here in the office right on the spot. Impromptu discussions and ad-hoc meetings are the norm for a startup business like ours, and we’ve found that having an “always available” portal extends the spirit of spontaneous creativity and collaboration beyond the office walls.
We use KUBI for this purpose on a daily basis to connect with our Sales Manager on the East Coast and even a marketing team member who relocated Puerto Rico for the summer! The ability to remotely control pan and tilt camera function has been a real time saver. With a KUBI placed in the middle of our workspace, our remote employees can be face to face with anyone on our local team within a few mouse clicks!
2. Improved Medical Care at Lower Costs
One of our customers, a prominent healthcare provider on the West coast, is investigating several avenues for using KUBI to improve the quality of care they can provide to patients. Some of the uses they are currently exploring include:
Video Interpreters – In hospitals with a diverse patient base, language barriers often make clear communication between doctors, patients and family members difficult. KUBI used in conjunction with off site language interpretation services could allow doctors to transcend those language barriers and give more personal care to patients and their families.
In Home Care – In certain cases, patients could take a KUBI home to reduce the extent of their hospital stay, or eliminate the need for a stay completely. Doctors and nurses could use KUBI to check in on the patient, give them specific instructions regarding medication and dosage, or gain valuable information about the patient’s living situation that might prove helpful during in-person visits.
There are other companies developing medical specific telepresence kits and take home devices for remote patient monitoring and communication, and we are not arguing that KUBI could replace the need for medical equipment or in-person doctor patient communication. However, under certain circumstances KUBI could provide an affordable and convenient alternative. It does not require special hardware or software installation and works with tablets, which most patients and doctors are familiar with.
3. Teaching and Remote Learning
We have several customers actively testing our Hacker Edition KUBI units in learning environments. Telepresence has already become a potent tool for education, but KUBI takes the interaction beyond simple videoconferencing, bringing a measure of control that allows for close observation by professors and more meaningful communication with students.
In one scenario, a KUBI placed beside a lab bench in a chemistry class would allow the professor to monitor and assist students with their lab work remotely. This would not only benefit an on site professor, who might otherwise be scrambling between students to answer simple questions, but it would give students more face to face time with their teacher.
KUBI also opens up the opportunity for students to communicate with guest professors from other institutions. This model–far from being limited to lab benches–would give students access to high level education even if the closest University is hundreds of miles away.
In this post we’ve highlighted just a handful different ways KUBI can be used beyond business meetings, but there are so many more! If you have found a unique use for KUBI that we haven’t mentioned, the Revolve team would love to hear about it!
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