Tech Talk (June 2022)

Find out about the latest advances in training technology.

  • Barco, a leader in professional meeting room visualization and collaboration solutions, announced a software update to its ClickShare product range that includes smart meeting flows for wireless conferencing. The new simplified ClickShare user experience for Button and App makes running hybrid meetings from the laptop as simple as making a phone call. ClickShare smart meeting flows feature PresentSense, HostFlow, One-Click-Join, and ConferenceView to fully automate and enrich the meeting flow for users in the room. Barco also enhanced integration capabilities for ClickShare with digital signage, offering companies a solution to broadcast general or customized information such as welcome messages, news, social feeds, and customized and branded content to guests and employees in the workplace.
  • Inworld AI released the Beta version of Inworld Studio, a platform that empowers developers and creators to build artificial intelligence-powered virtual characters that demonstrate human-like perception, cognitive abilities, and behaviors. In crafting their character’s brain, creators are able to tailor many elements of cognition and behavior, such as goals and motivations, manners of speech, memories and knowledge, and voice. Upon completion, characters are trained and immediately ready to interact. Users can jump straight into a conversation through the studio chat for testing, or use Inworld’s companion Oculus application to have an immersive VR interaction with their characters. Once ready, developers can fully integrate characters into their games and experiences using Inworld’s integrations with game engines such as Unity and Unreal.
  • WorkReels launched a video storytelling platform built specifically for recruitment and employer branding teams. WorkReels enables talent acquisition professionals to easily make and share high-quality, affordable social media videos for recruiting for about 1/20 the price of video production. Aiming to be TikTok for recruiters, bringing company culture to life for job seekers, the platform uses a smartphone camera and requires no special video filming experience. Recruiters select from a library of customizable templates called Storylines to film scenes for the video story they want to tell, including “meet the team” and “a day in the life” videos that help illustrate their employee experience.
  • Axonify, a leader in front-line employee training and communications, unveiled its latest solution, Content Assistant. An artificial intelligence-powered question-writing tool within the Axonify training platform, Content Assistant helps instructional designers by cutting the time it takes to efficiently create multiple choice questions by up to 30 percent. The company also expanded its Content Marketplace, which features more than 600 complementary high-quality video and text-based training topics.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.