Aimlessly surfing the web this weekend using StumbleUpon as my trusty guide, I came across an immaculately arranged page, peaking my interest enough to stay and read for a bit. What I discovered was Fast Company’s Co.Design blog. The topic: twelve technology trends that will command 2012, which only engaged me further. As I read through the predicted directions of technology for the coming year, I realized iMeet already fits the bill. I’ve always believed iMeet was ahead of the curve, but making this connection felt like kismet.
So in an effort to demonstrate just how cutting-edge PGi’s virtual conferencing software is, I’ve juxtaposed half the list with features and elements of iMeet (While all the trends relate, these examples resonate most; if you’re interested, be sure to take a look at the full-list for yourself).
The Reductive Social Network: Technology Finally Gets Personal
“Today’s technologies, products, and services do not adequately serve the human need for intimacy and personal connections… In 2012, product companies will deliver new products that begin narrowing the social circle and capturing intimacy and authenticity.”
iMeet is all about connecting humans the way we were intended to connect: personally. While iMeet integrates social media as a complement to the technology, it remains primarily a video conferencing service. Meeting in person will always be the most authentic way to connect, but video-conferencing is the closest way to interact and share when you can’t be there.
Rein in the Clouds
“We’re rapidly moving into a technology space where mobility is becoming less about a set of devices…The question has never really been, Is this possible? But rather, when will we have an ecosystem of compelling and useful devices and services that will integrate seamlessly into people’s lives? We think that time is finally arriving in 2012.”
iMeet has lived in the cloud for some time, but does it integrate seamlessly for users? Put simply, yes. Enter your room through your browser on any operating system; connect via phone by dialing out or in, use video, or try VoIP. And when you can do this from any mobile device, anywhere, it can’t get much more seamless.
Reputation-Enhanced Lending and Trading Goes Mainstream
“New forms of trust are being enabled by social networking technology. We all joined Facebook and LinkedIn to stay in touch with colleagues and friends, but the upshot of mass adoption is that we can check up on virtually everyone we come across. Individuals who have never met or interacted are using social networks to validate one another.”
iMeet is integrated with your social networks to help make meetings more personable. Of course, an implication being learning about a person (while meeting with them) and building trust in your relationships.
Flourishing Commerce in the Post PC Era
“We will likely see firms convert their successful web experience to a more streamlined mobile and tablet capability… The post-PC platform affords mobility, portability, payment capabilities, video and collaboration, location awareness, natural language processing, gestures, and so on. Clever firms will wield this fresh and evolving palette to craft engaging experiences in the real and virtual worlds.”
As I mentioned earlier, mobility is a key feature of iMeet. Our app works from tablets or smart phones on whatever system you choose, in a uniquely distinct but similar experience to our browser service. With a simple user interface, connect to your iMeet room in the cloud from wherever you might be.
“If you do business between multiple locations via phone and video, you may have experienced your fair share of frustrations: dropped calls, poor reception, and interrupted video streams are standard… Unfortunately, the truth is that most of our conversations across distances are far from perfect and no fun at all. We need creative collaboration between design and technology to rethink these experiences so that they are more fulfilling and “direct” activities in our lives.”
Remote collaboration is the cornerstone of PGi and its entire product suite. iMeet was designed with the user in mind, to take the “distance” out of distance conferencing. iMeet keeps things personal by integrating social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, makes sharing easy by embedding Evernote, a highly collaborative organizational tool, right into the product interface, and provides access for all attendees on their terms at all times. It’s a virtual meeting like you’ve never experienced, and much more fulfilling and engaging than your typical conference call.
Reshape: Humans Are Analogue
“The way of design is only achievable via creative model-making and prototyping by the designer… The curse of “easy” digital tools is to become complacent after relative early “successes.”… Our modern-day digital design software is the cause for zillions of repetitive and bland products.”
Brilliant design makes iMeet standout from competing conferencing software. Gone are the days of bland web and video conferencing user interfaces. With iMeet, customize your room to your liking, create a profile, and fill it with the services you use to express yourself. iMeet is original, creative, and intelligent design at its finest.
So is iMeet ahead of the curve? I think so. It certainly fits with the emerging tech trends of 2012, and since it already possesses many of these qualities there’s no telling what innovation PGi will have for its virtual meeting service next. Tell us what you think of iMeet’s trendy tech specs, and where you’d like to see it go in the future.