• Security Through Light: The World’s First Quantum-secured Video Conference

    My readers will know that I tend to focus on topics related to collaboration, user-interaction, and generally building products that help us work together. You may be surprised to learn that a significant amount of my time is spent thinking about security. As devices become increasingly attached to our enterprise networks – those same devices must be secure, good citizens of the network infrastructure. Even products that were once considered “standalone”, for example most AV hardware, are connected to the network for better monitoring, ease-of-use, and pervasive access for users. As an aside, if you ... Read More »

  • Building for Everyone

    I recently returned from an event in Toronto where I had the chance to meet technology leaders from both academics and industry. We were in the Distillery District - a neighborhood of cobblestone streets, open cafes, and hidden lofts supported by dark wooden beams. The venue was beautiful but felt a bit elitist, so I was really happy to discover that the conversation turned to accessibility for the impaired and the challenge of building technologies that can support everyone. The point was made that most companies view accessibility features as an ... Read More »

  • How Mersive Designs User Experience

    In a field where technology and computer science are the disciplines of focus – it’s easy to imagine that user experience is an afterthought or at least tends to be less important. While it’s true that we spend much of our time looking at recent advancements in video compression, encryption, or analytics – most of our product development time is spent trying to get the user experience that wraps all of this wonderful technology together correctly. This is never more true than when I’m on the road talking with customers. Often the dialog turns ... Read More »

  • 3 Ways to Fight Digital Distraction in the Workplace (Part 2)

    Social media type tools have found their way into the workplace in the form of collaboration suites. Tools like Microsoft teams, Slack, and Confluence can increase communication frequency and create simple archives of documents, images, and even our conversations. While this can be a powerful thing, there’s also a dark side that can lead to individualism, isolation, and disengagement. I covered the potential pitfalls of collaboration tools in the previous post and what type of products we’re building ... Read More »

  • Digital Distraction: Weapons of Mass Distraction (Part 1)

    We don’t need the recent media coverage to understand that social media can impose a negative influence on our lives. The rallying cry around social media that it 'brings people together' should be questioned. We can all relate to having twitchy thumbs that override what would normally be a relaxing moment of solitude, low-grade stress, and the feeling of isolation that comes from a constant feed of other people’s carefully curated, better-than-normal media streams.  Social technologies are not the only culprits – wearable IoT devices, 'collaboration' software (I’ll explain the air ... Read More »