That’s why distributed companies like Foursquare have created an alternative to the traditional video call.
At Foursquare, they use something that they call “The Portal,” which is an always-on video conferencing platform that’s constantly running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with one end in New York City and the other end in San Francisco.
We’ll stick to a single camera in this post, however.
Here’s how you can set a portal up for your own distributed company or remote team.
If you’ve ever lived in an environment where you weren’t completely sure who has access to your computer – such as a dorm, for example – you may have wondered how you can use your webcam to keep tabs on your computer while you’re away.
i Spy is an in-depth program that can do just that.
The quality difference is literally night and day compared to the Mac Book Pro webcam.
One advice would be not to mimic my setup on the right though, it was experimental at best, and certainly adds a certain level of stress.