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Microsoft Patents New Technology To Evaluate Meeting Score Using Various Gestures

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In addition to the recently launched Productivity Score function, a new technology patent indicates that Microsoft plans to add another indicator for employees, thereby turning multiple employees from a human into a productivity unit. The “Meeting Insight Computing System ” is described in this patent, which uses cameras, sensors, software tools, and post-meeting surveys to create a “Quality Score” for the meeting.

The camera will record the body language, facial expressions, and the number of people in the room, and report the “contribution of participants to the meeting” and other tasks (such as sending text messages, checking emails, and web browsing, etc.). The “Meeting Insight Computing System” will then use this information to generate insights, such as who is invited to the next meeting, or recommend other locations and times.

The patent statement pointed out: “Many organizations have problems such as too long meeting time and low attendance rate. If more information about the quality of the meeting is available, these meetings can be modified and/or avoided.” The system will be suitable for face-to-face and virtual meetings. It is not clear whether Microsoft will launch the system, but given that Microsoft has launched its personal productivity score, it seems very likely.

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2 thoughts on “Microsoft Patents New Technology To Evaluate Meeting Score Using Various Gestures

  1. The camera will record the body language, facial expressions, and the number of people in the room, and report the “contribution of participants to the meeting” and other tasks (such as sending text messages, checking emails, and web browsing, etc.).

    The “Meeting Insight Computing System” will then use this information to generate insights, such as who is invited to the next meeting, or recommend other locations and times.

    The patent statement pointed out: “Many organizations have problems such as too long meeting time and low attendance rate.

    If more information about the quality of the meeting is available, these meetings can be modified and/or avoided.”

    The system will be suitable for face-to-face and virtual meetings.

    It is not clear whether Microsoft will launch the system, but given that Microsoft has launched its personal productivity score, it seems very likely.

  2. Companies do not always make use of patents they register.

    But they often reveal ideas in development before they appear in commercial products.

    Details of the “meeting-insight computing system” were filed in July, ahead of being made public this month.

    They say the sensors could record:

    which invitees actually attend a meeting
    attendees’ body language and facial expressions
    the amount of time each participant spent contributing to the meeting
    speech patterns “consistent with boredom [and] fatigue”
    They also suggest employees’ mobile devices could be used to monitor whether they were simultaneously engaged in other tasks – such as texting or browsing the internet – as well as to check their schedule to take into account whether they had had to attend other meetings the same day.

    All that information would then be combined with other factors, such as “how efficient the meeting was, an emotional sentiment expressed by meeting participants, [and] how comfortable the meeting environment was”, into an “overall quality score”, Microsoft says.

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