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You can now attach your iPad directly to your face to experience virtual reality

September 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Carl Franzen / The Verge

It was only a matter of time. The iPad has been adapted for all sorts of intriguing and surprising purposes over the years (including, recently, a sex toy). Meanwhile, a number of enterprising organizations and individuals have sought to create makeshift virtual reality goggles out of people's readily available mobile devices (e.g. Google Cardboard). Now the two trends have converged: AirVR is a Kickstarter project from Toronto design firm Metatecture that seeks $20,000 in funding from backers to create an inexpensive headset for converting your iPad Mini (Retina) or soon-to-be-delivered iPhone 6 Plus into a portable virtual reality viewer.

It works as you might expect: slide the iPad Mini or iPhone 6 Plus into a bulky headset with two lenses displaying left-eye and right-eye imagery, respectively. Metatecture says it's already developed some initial apps for the product, and points out the headset also leaves all the ports on your iOS device open, so you can attach other potentially useful peripherals like a game controller. If successful, the company plans to begin selling its AirVR headsets for just $49 a pop in early 2015. "AirVR brings the magic of Virtual Reality with you everywhere you go," the Kickstarter campaign suggests. "Ditch the tangle of cables and experience VR anywhere in the world."

 
 

New York University's Global Classroom

September 16, 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 Andy Howard: "New York University's Global Classroom" where Andy takes a look at NYU's distance learning program that connects the school with the world.

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

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Dell Venue 8 7000: a slim tablet with a 3D camera and videoconferencing privacy feature

September 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by PC Pro

The Dell Venue 8 7000 series will be the first tablet to arrive with Intel's RealSense snapshot technology - a multicamera system that creates 3D images.

The RealSense system is similar in some ways to the HTC One M8, which uses multiple cameras, but also includes a tiny, specialised chip alongside infrared and standard camera sensors in order to capture depth.

Dr Achin Bhowmik, CTO of Intel's perceptual computing, said it gives the tablet "almost human" vision, with a 99% accuracy rate within four metres.

This may sound a bit dull: after all, 3D smartphones have previously failed to excite consumers, as did similar systems such as Leap Motion.

However, Intel showed off a series of apps that suggests this implementation has potential, letting users choose a new focal point after snapping a picture and measuring real-life objects - in order to see if a new sofa will fit in your front room, for example.

It can also be used for augmented reality, to scan detailed images for 3D printing, and can offer "privacy" with video conferencing, as the depth of detail lets you eliminate the background - so you can hide the fact that you're Skyping from your bedroom rather than the office.

 
 

Polycom launches Video as a Service (VaaS) in UK & Europe with distributor Imago

September 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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UK first country in EMEA to launch Polycom VaaS

Following a successful pilot program in the US, Polycom will bring Video as a Service (VaaS) to the UK in partnership with distributor Imago Group.

Imago will be the first to market with the Polycom Powered subscription-based cloud video service RealPresence Cloud Video Meeting Services. It will also enhance its VaaS-t cloud video service.

 
 

'Anti-router' stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

September 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dante D'Orazio / The Verge

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device enters the vicinity of your home. Even better, you can lock those devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network. If you're really looking to make a statement, you can even show those "Glassholes" who's boss by preventing all surveillance devices near your Cyborg Unplug from connecting to any Wi-Fi network.

The device is really just a tiny router the size of an old Apple Airport Express that's had its firmware customized to sniff out and block devices based on their MAC addresses. It's created by Julian Oliver, an artist living in Berlin who originally came up with a bit of code called Glasshole.sh that was designed to kick Google Glass devices from your Wi-Fi network. Apparently the idea was such a hit that Olvier decided to make a complete consumer product based on the same premise.

 
 

Samsung Introduces VR Headset powered by Facebook's Oculus Rift

September 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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We're excited to announce the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, a new mobile virtual reality headset using the Galaxy Note 4, created by Samsung and powered by Oculus.

Over the last 12 months, we've been collaborating with Samsung on the future of mobile virtual reality. The project actually began as an experiment to see if great VR was possible on next-generation mobile hardware. Oculus CTO John Carmack and the mobile team at Oculus were able to blow everyone away in an extremely short amount of time, quickly proving that we were on to something special.

The culmination of that work is Gear VR Innovator Edition, an add-on to the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, using the phone's GPU/CPU to power the device and the Quad HD low-persistence 5.7 inch 1440p AMOLED screen as the display. One of the best aspects of mobile VR is the completely untethered, easy-to-use experience: you connect the Note 4 to the headset, you put it on, and you're in. That level of accessibility, combined with Oculus software to easily launch and transition between VR applications without taking the headset off, really makes the experience magical.

 
 

WebRTC-Reality Check 2014

September 4, 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: "WebRTC-Reality Check 2014 " where Tim takes a look at the progress (and lack of progress) on the WebRTC front. .

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

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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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