Matt pointed us at
piece about Jabber bots by Jabber guru
DJ Adams. Most of it talked
about relatively common bot features (as seen in Infobot and the like) but also discussed the use of bots in meetings; to track notes, agenda items and the like. This is very cool.
However, it did remind me of a similar project that’s part of
MIT’s Oxygen effort.
“The Intelligent Room is a highly interactive environment that uses embedded computation to observe and participate in normal, everyday events, such as collaborative meetings.” You can see it in action in
movie (warning: 81MB file. 81 freaking megabytes for an eight-minute demo vid! Come on, people, it’s not like a 100kbit/s stream wouldn’t get the point across!). One point about the demo: while it looks helpful, it also looks dreadfully slow to use, and really gets in the way of a nicely-flowing meeting.