Author Archives: Stephen Powell

About Stephen Powell

Stephen's talent is in demonstrating highly sophisticated solutions to complex issues, and breaking them down into a simple approach that anyone can understand and appreciate (even his mum). He believes that creativity is about connecting ideas from different fields and applying them to enrich life - gets very excited in showing this at work and play.

Q: Is Google Glass sexy?

A: If Google Glass didn’t exist, […] Silicon Valley guys would be having affairs or buying unsuitable motorbikes (As noted by a post on Tumblr: Ref 1). But as you will see, there are some compelling industry applications about to emerge… … Continue reading

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Holograms are nice (and I should know); but the more we can make business video have the quality of the TV News, the faster business will adopt it. Resolution is one factor, but so is lighting, sound quality and even … Continue reading

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The “virtual expert” – enriched customer experiences, coming to a screen near you

Every time there is mention of an Icelandic volcano, airline strike, or traffic jam (or any other disruption to travel) there is an exponential kick in enquiries about Video Conferencing.  But Video can be much more valuable to business than … Continue reading

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NBN – A 21st century data network with a 1930s telephone system

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) is an initiative that everyone should be excited about.   This project represents one of the largest predictable market disruptions in Australian history. While there is a lot of discussion on the rate of installations and … Continue reading

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Aloha from London, Washington, Seattle, Auckland… Live via IP, connecting an audience to the world.

“Live via satellite” became the catch-cry Australians used when something special overseas happened on TV.  It was innovative technology that broke down the distance barriers between us in Australia and the rest of the world. In the 70‘s there was … Continue reading

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Lights, camera, action! From video conferencing to telepresence & what you can learn from TV.

A reflection on what works and what doesn’t in Video Conferencing In 2008 we first opened the doors on Telstra’s Executive Briefing Centre in Melbourne, and a new network of high tech boardrooms across Australia.  In that time we have … Continue reading

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Much ado about holograms, collaboration & meetings.

Reflections on the viability of Next Generation Collaboration, & Briefings using holograms “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C Clarke’s third law of prediction It’s unusual for Telstra’s Enterprise & Government group to singularly capture the attention of … Continue reading

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