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Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communications Promises Brain-to-Brain Telepresence

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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On the left, the BCI subsystem is shown schematically, including electrodes over the motor cortex and the EEG amplifier/transmitter wireless box in the cap. Motor imagery of the feet codes the bit value 0, of the hands codes bit value 1. On the right, the CBI system is illustrated, highlighting the role of coil orientation for encoding the two bit values. Communication between the BCI and CBI components is mediated by the internet.

Brain-wave sensors have been used to 'telepathically' control everything from remote-controlled helicopters to computer-generated avatars.

Now scientists from the University of Barcelona in Spain, Axilum Robotics in France, Harvard Medical School and Starlab Barcelona have advanced the technology to enable someone in India to send the equivalent of a "telepathic" email to his colleague in France using nothing but the power of his mind.

The researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to record electrical activity from neurons firing in the brain of the Indian "transmitter" subject and convert the words: "hola" and "ciao" into binary.

In EEG, electrical currents in the brain are linked with different thoughts that are then fed into a computer interface. The computer analyses signals and controls a specific action.

In the researchers' latest study, published in Plos One, researchers decided to interface with another brain to receive the signal.

In the initial test, the greeting was sent from a volunteer in Thiruvananthapuram, India to another volunteer "receiver" subject in Strasbourg, France.

There, a computer translated the message and then used electrical stimulation to deliver the message to the receiver's mind.

The "message" appeared as flashes of light in the corner of their vision.

Just another step towards direct brain-to-brain telepresence communications where messages are instantaneous and capable of triggering the proper neuro-transmitters to create photo-realistic inter-personal communications.

For More Information: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105225#s3

 
 

Projection mapping and face tracking tech blur fantasy and reality

August 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Projection mapping is a technology we seem to be hearing about quite often these days, and you may have seen it being used at various events or amusement park shows. But the video that we're sharing with you today makes use of a highly unexpected and unusual surface to create a series of projection mapped images quite unlike anything we've seen before. In fact, the technology used in the video is so visually convincing that it seems to blur the line between reality and fantasy, and once you see it, we think you'll be impressed by it too!

The video, which was created jointly by Japanese projection mapping specialist Nobumichi Asai and make-up artist Hiroto Kuwahara along with French digital image engineer Paul Lacroix, is titled Omote (面), which is a word that refers to the mask used in the traditional Japanese musical drama of Noh. The amazing footage in the video was made by combining projection mapping with a real-time face tracking technology, and according to Asai, who has experience mapping notable office buildings in Tokyo, the concept is using projection to draw a virtual mask onto a human face.

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING from something wonderful on Vimeo.

 
 

The Swimarium 3D: Telepresence Environment Immerses you in the Greatest Diving Spots and Beaches on Earth!

August 26, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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While we generally spend the business year covering visual collaboration and telepresence, we couldn't think of a better time to cover other forms of being "tele-present" than the last week in August. I don't think we could have come up with a more timely example than the Swimarium 3D, a concept by design shop OVA Studios which would create a physical pool and outdoor environment for traditional beach fun but would then layer in images for participants immersing them into the above-water and under-water scenery of far-flung locales:

Today you are swimming in the Great Barrier Reef; tomorrow: the Galapagos Then: Tiger Beach... Palau... Bali... Fidji... French Polynesia...Maldives... The Bahamas... Where do you want to swim today ? The Swimarium promises to take you and dozens of your closest friends into your dream diving spot... with a click of the mouse.

OVA Studios is looking for partners and funding to get the project off the ground and is looking for partners to take the plunge. Telepresence Options is IN! Sign us up to sponsor the launch party!

 
 

Honey - They Seriously Shrunk the Cost of Telepresence!

August 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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I was in Las Vegas for the InfoComm 2014 trade show in late June. InfoComm is traditionally an AV industry trade show, but just like all things technology, it has been changing to reflect the current tech trends. One of the biggest changes at InfoComm in the last couple of years has been to embrace and advance real-time collaboration. Their focus is primarily on the room systems that are a part of the overall collaborative ecosystem. They are starting to understand that room systems play an integral part in the UC collaborative technology ecosystem.

One of the under-current themes that came through for me at InfoComm, was the new technologies that could advance an organization's collaborative capabilities. These are technologies for organizations that are already using room systems as part of their real-time collaboration ecosystem, but want to advance the experience.

 
 

Making it Easy: What is New and Cool in Room Control

August 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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We are continuing the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with an article by Lindsey Adler: "Making It Easy: What is New and Cool in Room Control " where Lindsey looks at solutions for making visual collaboration easy on the users.

In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including:

Telepresence Entrepreneur - Array Telepresence's Herold Williams Rides Again
Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front
Telepresence Robotics - State of the Industry 2014 by Andra Keay
AVI-SPL- A Look Inside the World's Biggest pro-AV Shop by David Maldow
Handicapping the Codec Wars by Tim Kridel

Departments
WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

Download printable PDF version here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/237130808/Making-It-Easy-What-is-New-and-Cool-in-Room-Control

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HANDICAPPING THE VIDEO CODEC WARS

August 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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We are continuing the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with an article by Tim Kridel: "Handicapping the Codec Wars" where Tim looks at how the battle between H.264 vs. H.265 vs. VP9 is playing out in the browser and the boardroom.

In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including:

Telepresence Entrepreneur - Array Telepresence's Herold Williams Rides Again
Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front
Telepresence Robotics - State of the Industry 2014 by Andra Keay
AVI-SPL- A Look Inside the World's Biggest pro-AV Shop by David Maldow
Handicapping the Codec Wars by Tim Kridel

Departments
WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

Download printable PDF version here: here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/236608394/Handicapping-the-Codec-Wars-by-Tim-Kridel

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ZoomPresence: Bringing Zoom conferencing to the Conference Room

August 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Zoom conferencing appears to be the fastest growing cloud videoconferencing platform in the world. Since the company emerged out of stealth in January 2013 they have grown rapidly and claim 15,000+ organizations have tried and/or use the service, especially in higher education and K-12 markets.

Zoom conferencing appears to be the fastest growing cloud videoconferencing platform in the world. Since the company emerged out of stealth in January 2013 they have grown rapidly and claim 15,000+ organizations have tried and/or use the service, especially in higher education and K-12 markets.

 
 

Robotic Telepresence 2014: State of the Industry

August 5, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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We are continuing the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with our annual "State-of-the-Industry" report on telepresence robotics. This year's report is by Andra Keay, the Managing Director of Silicon Robotics, who looks at everything from the large remote presence platforms like VGo and iRobot's Ava that are starting to self-navigate and the head-and-neck robots like Kubi that are "swivl-ing" iPads and tablets for a look around the room.

In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including: ·

Departments
WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

Download printable PDF version here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/235270711/Telepresence-Robotics-2014-State-of-the-Industry

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Company Profile: FaceMe

August 1, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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FaceMe is a global software business with partners and teams currently operating in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia , Singapore , Indonesia, Canada, USA, Europe and the United Kingdom.


As a pioneer in the multi-tenanted cloud based videoconferencing sector, FaceMe is at the forefront of collaboration and video communication technology. FaceMe's technology is breaking down the barriers to traditional limitations of video-conferencing hardware and systems and was one of the first to produce a no-software download browser experience for video users. Developed for a seamless customer experience FaceMe today has the ability to bring together mobile, PC , Mac and Meeting Room Cameras as a cloud or on-premise product for partners and customers.

Please click here to view the FaceMe Company Profile.

Our detailed Company Profiles feature important information about providers of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Solutions, Managed Services, Video Exchanges, Video Network Infrastructure, Inter-Connection Solutions, and more. Be sure to check back often, as we have many Company Profiles to be published in the near future.

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Apple Granted a Surprising Patent for an Advanced Multi-View Video Conferencing System for the Enterprise

July 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Patently Apple

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention that relates to an advanced video conferencing system that includes a multi-view camera system that employs scalable video encoding. On July 15 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Apple's surprising video conferencing system is to compete with Microsoft's Round Table Conferencing device and it's a system that Apple might be able to get IBM to promote in the enterprise.

Apple's Patent Background

Video conferencing is gaining traction due to the development of new applications and equipment that make establishing a video conference easy and convenient. However, the quality of the video content in the video conferences is generally low. Part of the quality issue relates to the large amount of bandwidth required to send high quality video between conference locations.

 
 

What's Up with Array Telepresence? 1st Newsletter since Emerging from Stealth!

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Array Telepresence

Array Telepresence emerged from stealth less than six months ago and had their first major showing at InfoComm 2014 in June where Wainhouse Research called their demo a "show stopper". They were a cover story for the 2014 issue of Telepresence Options Magazine for their revolutionary camera that creates immersive telepresence environments using a company's existing videoconferencing codec. They just released their first newsletter and they have a new single lens camera with an 80 degree field of view for huddle rooms and small team tables, they have signed up AVI-SPL & Solutors as resellers, and they have launched an Early Access Program for organizations with innovative projects like quad-screens, immersive Microsoft Lync, and video walls or the potential to upgrade dozens, hundreds, or even one thousand traditional videoconferencing rooms to immersive telepresence.

 
 

Telepresence - A Music Video by Phil "HiPhi" Cordell

July 25, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

Phil_hiphi_cordell.jpgHappy Friday! I don't know how we missed Phil "HiPhi" Cordell for so long. The internet is a giant place. Phil appears to be the most talented man in AV. A true CTS-D who can sing, dance, rap & crimp cable. He was evidently the mastermind behind the #AVSelfie @ InfoComm2014. When Phil isn't rapping about telepresence he is managing real AV projects at M3 Technology Group in Nashville. He runs The AV Professional website where he muses on all things AV & President of HiPhidelity, a video production company. We put his ode to telepresence on the front page but click through to see a sampling of his other work including the MUST See: A/V Professional Rap

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InfoComm14: Verrex Top 10 "Best of Show" Awards

July 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Verrex

Verrex is one of the leading systems integration firms in the country. They have been on the SCN Top 50 list for over a decade. They attend InfoComm every year and award "Best of Show" to the top 10 coolest things they find. Let's see who won this year.

 
 

Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

July 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

On stage, a Microsoft executive demonstrated the feature by speaking to a German person through a Skype Video call in front of 16,000 people and the CEO. The demonstration showed real-time audio translation from English to German, and vice versa.

 
 

Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front

July 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options
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We are kicking off the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with one of our cover stories: A profile of telepresence intrapreneur Susie Wee who won a $1.2 million dollar grant from Cisco's innovation fund and built Spring Roll, a head-to-toe telepresence & visualization environment. In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including: ·

Departments
WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

Download printable PDF version here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/233822829/Telepresence-Intrapreneur-Cisco-s-Susie-Wee-leads-from-the-Front

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What is Cisco's Spring Roll and Augmented Collaboration and Why is it Important?

July 14, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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This article is a sub-article to the 2014 Cover Story of Telepresence Options Magazine: Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front. This sub article was written by Telepresence Options publisher Howard S. Lichtman explaining Spring Roll and the "big ideas" in visual collaboration that this innovation project is looking to address:

  • Stand Up Presentation and Data Visualization
  • Interactive Whiteboarding & Hand-Generated Graphics
  • Head-to-Toe Telepresence layered with Augmented Reality
  • Large-Format Data Visualization, Interaction, and "Bring & Fling"
  • Integration with the rest of Cisco's Video Portfolio
  • and "The iPad of the Conference Room"

You can read the main article: Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee Leads from the Front Here:http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2014/07/telepresence_intrapreneur_-_ci/

You can get instant access to the digital edition of Telepresence Options Magazine and buy hard copies here: http://telepresenceoptions.com/magazine/subscribe.php

 
 

Always On Video Portal App Perch Goes 4.0 With Significant Change For iPhone And iPad

July 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Aldrin Calimlim / AppAdvice

The "Always On Video Portal" app Perch has just been updated to version 4.0 with a significant change that effectively differentiates its use on iPhone and iPad.

So named for its optimized use on iOS devices mounted on walls or stands, Perch lets you and your coworkers set up video portals that, unlike video conferencing software, are always on. The app's portals are ambient as well, with the microphone activated only when the app detects a face in the video window.

Meet Perch from Perch on Vimeo.

 
 

K&L 'Genesis' Immersion-machine Offers a Reality-bending Ride

July 1, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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Kite & Lightning co-founders, Cory Strassburger (left) and Ikrima Elhassan (right)

Story and Images by Ben Lang/Road to VR Blog

When the Kite & Lightning developers told me they had something to show me that couldn't physically be demonstrated anywhere else, I was intrigued. Little did I know, upon arriving at their office, that I would be stepping into a contraption that's been presumed to be a torture device, a jungle gym, and yes, even a "sex machine."

Kite & Lightning is a creative development studio co-founded by Cory Strassburger, a two-time Emmy award winning visual artist, and Ikrima Elhassan, a visual effects technical artist who's held research positions at the University of Texas, Intel, and Nvidia. The studio specializes in high tech and interactive content, with experience in the realm of augmented reality, and more recently, virtual reality. Kite & Lightning is responsible for some of the most visually impressive Oculus Rift demos to date, including K&L Station, The Cave, and most recently, the one-of-a-kind Senza Peso.

 
 

Infocomm 2014 Guest Blogger

June 27, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Editor's Note: Our good friend Bryan Hellard shares his thoughts and experiences from the InfoComm 2014 show. Please check back soon for TPO's InfoComm wrap-up and awards.

Instead of being an attendee of the show as in previous years, my duties changed to booth builder, exhibitor and then booth remover (yes, it was an incredibly long week). Even though I was at one booth the majority of the time, I was able to sneak away for a couple of hours to visit with other companies and see what they were offering. So as usual, here is a random recap of some good, some not so good and some silly stuff I came across. And in the interest of no disclosure, I will refrain from discussing the company that I was representing at the show.

 
 
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