Growing need for hybrid meetings in schools and companies alike
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University from the left Professor Akira Onishi, Professor Shigeki Sugimoto, Mr. Futo Kanno
From the left, Mr. Kazuma Nishimura and Mr. Akimasa Murata of EIZO SYSTEM CO., LTD.
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
Professor Akira Onishi, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
Mr. Kanno: We also conducted remote classes in adjacent halls. However, there is space with a capacity for 140 people to hold international conferences and the like, so we do it by passing around the hand-held microphone. However, this is not very suitable for promoting any sort of active discussion, so we wanted an environment in which we could conduct such meetings and such research meetings.
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Mr. Futo Kanno
Professor Sugimoto: In fact, hybrid meetings are often held in the hall, but no one can hear a comment by a participant in the hall if they do not have a microphone. For that reason, the participants had to use a hand-held microphone in the hall when they wanted to speak. However, this is counterproductive from the point of view of preventing infectious diseases, so we were forced to disinfect the microphone every time someone used it. It turned out to be very complicated and cumbersome.
Professor Shigeki Sugimoto, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
Professor Onishi: The audio is overwhelmingly clear.
Mr. Kanno: I don't think I hardly ever heard anyone say they can’t hear me during a remote conference. Conversely, we have to be careful because we can hear every little whispered conversation! (laugh)
Professor Onishi: Mr. Sugimoto tends not to speak very loudly, but will the system pick up even his soft voice properly even at the other side of the room?
Professor Sugimoto: But I've never heard my own voice...
Mr. Kanno: Yes, we can hear it pretty well (laugh).
Professor Onishi: Speaking at a low volume outside the microphone's range is difficult for it to pick-up, but you will be heard if you raise your voice a bit. I think the best result is that you can hear the audio clearly no matter where someone is speaking in the room.
Mr. Murata: We listen to the various requests from companies, universities, and the like regarding video and audio systems, and then combine various products to propose a system, and further install and implement them. We are what you might call a video and audio system integrator.
Mr. Akimasa Murata, EIZO SYSTEM CO., LTD.
Mr. Murata: Yes, it is. We have particularly noted an increase in schools. There is a very high need for half of the classroom to participate in the actual building, and the remaining half to participate remotely.
Mr. Nishimura: In fact, we were contacted because they wanted to build a hybrid system at Kyoto University.
Mr. Kazuma Nishimura, EIZO SYSTEM CO., LTD.
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