“Virtual meetings and classes are meant to emulate being physically together,” said Scott Hougham, founder and CEO of MuteMe™. “With the recent major increase of employers and educators moving to home-based models, the adoption of video conferencing tools has presented a higher learning curve for those who gave a shorter runway of time to adopt. I wanted a simple, easy way to enable the flow of meetings/class to replicate being in-person without the constant delays and pauses that reduces participation.”
Speaking with anyone around the world through a virtual meeting has become significantly more common during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recent major increase of employers and educators moving to home-based models, the adoption of video conferencing tools has presented a higher learning curve for those who gave a shorter runway of time to adopt. Virtual meetings and classes are meant to emulate being physically together but often are met with constant delays and pauses that reduce participation.
Adults have a difficult enough time getting a virtual call to work for themselves, so imagine the difficulty in getting thirty elementary school kids on a virtual call without any technical difficulties. Roll calls can eat into valuable learning time, and while it may seem small, a 10-20 second delay a hundred per day leads to some frustrating communication and disrupted conversations. Additionally, SPED (Special Education) students often face a steeper learning curve with technology adoption resulting in lower ability to engage in their virtual classes. There is insanity that sometimes comes with teaching a room of virtual students at any age, and it is vital to enable students to continue to enjoy learning when they can’t be physically together.
Remote work isn’t anything new, but the number of remote workers has increased this past year significantly due to COVID-19. With such a sharp increase in remote workers, the adoption of the “new” virtual work environment happened with very little lead time. Add in need to both virtually work-from-home and parent-from-home (for many, not all) simultaneously disruptions are very common. We have seen the fallout through national headlines of failure to mute or turn off a video when making some very ill-advised decisions during work virtual calls resulting in negative repercussions to an individual’s career. Frequent video conferencing problems have been and continue to be the cause of embarrassment due to the need to multitask, adopt technology, and lack awareness.
How does MuteMe Help?
MuteMe addresses the difficulties of virtual learning and remote working and enables students or employees to control their work environment at home better. From our personal experience, we wanted to build an easier way to avoid embarrassing ourselves on a work call, increase our confidence when multitasking at home, whether it’s children, dogs or working in parallel while listening to a call. MuteMe allows work to be uninterrupted and boosts your productivity by letting house-mates know you’re busy without having to say a single word. It’s simple, has a clean aesthetic, and is purposely easy to install to eliminate any technology adoption difficulties.
From work to school, the world is quickly shifting to doing remote work and learning more common. The MuteMe device is one of the first tools to help create better efficiency for virtual students and employees at home! Its extreme user-friendliness, it is easily adaptable to all ages – making it perfect for distant learners, remote workers and any other virtual meeting user.