Telepresence is more than just meetings. Individuals from every walk of life are using it in new and innovative ways... from distance learning to telemedicine to corporate training and everything in between. People are joining together in more personal and impactful ways to collaborate and gain access to places that were previously out of reach. Here are some inspiring applications to get you thinking. How could you use telepresence?

Access to World Class Athletes

David Beckham, one of the world's most famous soccer players, connected with fans in 20 countries around the globe simultaneously by video as he accepted quickfire questions "in-person."

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Deep-Sea Exploration

Combining telepresence, high-definition cameras, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and state-of-the-art networking, telepresence allows experts to plumb the ocean depths and instantly share their findings with others—all without leaving dry land.

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Fashion Collaboration

Tommy Hilfiger introduced the world's first 'virtual fitting rooms,' enabling immediate global "in-person" communication and collaboration among designers and manufacturing facilities. The solution currently connects offices in Amsterdam, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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Book Launch

Author Adrian Ott reinvented the book tour by hosting the first-ever book launch celebration using telepresence technology. More than 100 people, including many Silicon Valley A-listers and media, gathered for the launch of The 24-Hour Customer using collaborative technologies.

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Global Dance Rehearsal

Telepresence connected the first virtual dance rehearsal of young dancers of the Children's Palace in Shanghai and their counterparts from National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York.

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Breaking World Records

The world's largest art lesson was conducted by young Singaporean artist Peter Draw over telepresence, connecting more than 1,893 people in cities from Asia Pacific, Greater China, Japan and the United States.

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Beyond telepresence, video as a whole is becoming more pervasive. Take a look at some business video use cases for more inspiration.