Videoconferencing has always promised to be the next best thing to really being there. After all, it made the regular Star Trek showdowns between Starfleet and the Klingons that much more personal.
However, the reality has never lived up to these sci-fi expectations. You could either spend tens of thousands for an experience that at least provided a big-screen view of your conference members, or you could endure the utter disappointment of webcam-based videoconferencing for very little outlay. Either way, getting things to work properly would often be a nightmare.
With the Room 200, LifeSize hopes to provide big-screen teleconferencing for a lot less than before, and also offers an operational experience not far off using a telephone.