PSFK recently called out telepresence as a key workplace trend in our Future of Work report. Now, Microsoft has started advertising for a new position that will help redefine how people telecommute, communicate and work. The ad for their ‘software development engineer’ wants to get users connected and bring them together with cutting edge 3D telepresence technology.
This developer will be tasked with helping the company develop hardware and software capable of offering holographic meetings for remote workers, with aims to “revolutionize communications and touch millions of customers around the world.” The job description states:
In the short term, we are developing the hardware and software necessary to have a realistic physical “body-double” or proxy in a remote meeting – one that gives the remote worker a true seat at the table, the ability to look around the room, turn to a colleague and have a side conversation. Longer-term, this same platform will enable high-definition communication scenarios for consumers over Skype.