Per the recommendation of Tim Connor of Cloud City Development, I started using
an iPad for telepresence for only the video, using Google Hangouts, muting
the microphone on the Hangout, and using the audio on Screenhero. While one can
run Google Hangouts on the laptop, it can really suck up the CPU. Note, an
iPhone or probably an Android phone or table would work equally as well. In
terms of the audio, the microphone and speakers are better on the computer. If
one is using the laptop for the telepresence video, and using multiple screens,
it’s key to use the camera on the screen where one will be looking at the
Hangout, and not at the Screenhero screen. As shown from the below pictures,
it’s key that it’s obvious when the pairing partners are looking at each other
versus at Screenhero. Incidentally, Screenhero did not suffer from any
degradation when combined with the Google Hangout, regardless of using the
Hangout on the laptop or mobile device.
In the below images, note where our eyes are focused.