Patent Number: 8,823,739

Title: Background replacement for videoconferencing

Abstract: A solution for managing a videoconference is provided. Multiple virtual backgrounds can be stored, and a virtual background can be selected to be used for a first participant when he/she is conducting a videoconference with a second participant. The virtual background can be selected based on one or more attributes of the first and/or second participant, one or more attributes of the videoconference, and/or the like. The virtual backgrounds can be utilized, for example, to provide a desired perception, message, and/or the like, of a business entity to individuals outside of the business entity that are interacting with its personnel via videoconferencing.

Inventors: Baron, Jr.; Rudolf C. (Marietta, GA), Jones; Andrew R. (Round Rock, TX), Massimi; Michael L. (South Hamilton, MA), McConnell; Kevin C. (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G09G 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018