For over six years I have been espousing
the virtues of 3D, stereo voice conversations with articles and ITEXPO
demonstrations mostly focusing on DiamondWare
and the company's patented 3D technology which allows you to have a conference calls with others and place them on the left right, front or rear.
Until you have heard a conference call in 3D stereo, you have not heard a conference call.
In addition, the technology allows the addition of overtones like adding a metallic sound to a speaker or group of speakers on a conference call. This function could be useful if you are looking to find a way to discern what group a person belongs to -- the Los Angeles office for example.
You may recall that on May 15th of this year, I suggested Nortel
would even buy DiamondWare. Well today is that day as Nortel did just that
... They purchased the company and further explained how they have a portion of their R&D budget devoted to making VC-like investments
but of course with a potentially different exit strategy.
Nortel believes the future of communications is likely going to be avatar-based and even if they are partially right -- let's say 5% of all calls, this could be a huge market.
A Nortel Avatar Demo of their web.alive business communications platform:
Nortel is further betting that the technology advantage they have as a result of this acquisition will help insulate them against others in the market who compete. That would be Avaya, Cisco and even to a lesser degree (at the moment) Microsoft.