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The new Suitable technologies BeamPro PTZ+L telepresence robot for the healthcare industry has a laser

April 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Suitable Technologies®, Inc., creator of the Beam® and BeamProTM presence systems that are used by more than 40% of the Fortune 50 companies, today introduced two new models to the BeamPro family: the BeamPro PTZ and BeamPro PTZ+L, providing a more professional videoconferencing solution for the healthcare industry.

Suitable Technologies BeamPro PT & PTZ+L Brochure by Telepresence Options on Scribd


Building a Telepresence App with HoloLens and Kinect

April 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


When does the history of mixed reality start? There are lots of suggestions, but 1977 always shows up as a significant year. That's the year millions of children - many of whom would one day become the captains of Silicon Valley - first experienced something they wouldn't be able to name for another decade or so.


Facebook Spaces lets you and your friends hang out in VR

April 19, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Facebook's goal has always been to bring you closer to your friends, whether that's through products like Messenger or simply by your ever-updating news feed. Now, Facebook is taking that goal of connection one step further by introducing Facebook Spaces to the Oculus Rift Store.


Titanic Shift Underway for Video Conferencing Cameras

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The Array DX Camera and Image Processor enable life-size, immersive telepresence using any vtc codec. Top: Array's dual-screen immersive image Bottom: Same scene through traditional vtc camera

Story by Andrew W. Davis / Wainhouse Research

Last week's session at Enterprise Connect dubbed "Telepresence on an SMB Budget," together with some of the devices on the show floor, was a chance for attendees to see how camera designers are taking advantage of high performance processors and new image sensors to drive new solutions for both personal and room video conferencing needs. Here are five examples (in order of increasing prices) seen in Orlando


Lytro's Latest VR Light-field Camera is Huge, and Hugely Improved

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

In the last few years, Lytro has made a major pivot away from consumer-facing digital camera products now to high-end production cameras and tools, with a major part of the company's focus on the 'Immerge' light-field camera for VR. In February, Lytro announced it had raised another $60 million to continue developing the tech. I recently stopped by the company's offices to see the latest version of the camera and the major improvements in capture quality that come with it.

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A More Realistic Augmented Reality

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


There are still just a few companies showing off augmented-reality headsets that do a good job blending digital imagery with the real world, among them Microsoft's HoloLens and Meta's Meta 2.

One more is now joining the fray. A startup called Avegant, which already sells a funny-looking personal-theater headset called the Glyph for $499, has built a prototype of a headset with a transparent display that it says uses light-field technology to let you view virtual objects as naturally as you do real ones. A light field is the pattern created when rays of light bounce off something, and re-creating this effect is one key to making sharp-looking augmented-reality images that you can comfortably focus on when they are at different depths but in the same scene--like, say, a toy car an arm's length away and a house off in the distance.


The Ohmni telepresence robot is designed for your home, not your office

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Most telepresence robots are sold for the slightly disheartening purpose of letting remote workers visit the office from home. But startup OhmniLabs is targeting a more wholesome market. The company says its new telepresence bot, the eponymous Ohmni, is designed to connect families -- whether that's parents on a business trip saying goodnight to their kids, or children logging in to visit their grandparents at their retirement community.


Wainhouse Research's Enterprise Connect Review of Companies and New Technologies

April 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Late March 2017 wraps up another Enterprise Connect (EC) in Orlando, Florida.

The three-day expo attracted more than 180 large and small communication and collaboration vendors showcasing their cutting-edge products, services, and business models. Attendance was in the thousands with analysts, consultants, and press all meeting at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.

The Wainhouse Research South Florida team (Ira and Saar) hit the ground running and in the terribly short 72-hour window met with more than 25 companies across the UC, VC, AV, and ideation markets. And we even found time to host a few sessions and attend a few client dinners.

This write-up represents what we saw and deemed interesting (and are allowed to talk about) at Enterprise Connect. This is not to say that other companies did not have something interesting to say .... it just means that we didn't have a chance to drop by.

Wainhouse Research's Enterprise Connect 2017 Wrap Up by Telepresence Options on Scribd


ODG's New R-7HL Are the First Rugged Smartglasses Made Specifically for the Industrial Workforce

April 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Osterhout Design Group just announced the upcoming release of the newest addition to their smartglasses lineup, the R-7HL, short for R-7 Hazardous Location. ODG worked directly with customers who work in extreme environments to come up with a durable solution that fits their needs; These smartglasses can not only survive but function well in many areas that would otherwise be considered too harsh for augmented reality tech.


Vox brings affordable, business grade video conferencing to local SMEs

April 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Integrated ICT and connectivity provider Vox has launched Eyeris Lite, which is aimed at providing an affordable, easy-to-use, business-grade video conferencing solution for local, small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


Kaptivo - Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase Winner Makes Any Whiteboard Smart

March 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options


A unique cloud-connected camera that transforms any standard dry-erase whiteboard into an online collaboration tool for sharing and video conferencing.


Skype4B - Dual-Screen for Meeting Rooms & Polycom RealConnect for Office 365 which bridges in traditional VTC

March 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Office 365 is a universal toolkit for collaboration with more than 85 million monthly active users, designed to address the unique workstyle of every group. Through integration with Outlook for email, SharePoint for intelligent content management, Yammer for networking across the organization, and Microsoft Teams for high-velocity, chat-based teamwork--Skype for Business is the backbone for enterprise voice and video meetings in Office 365.


Yamaha (Revolabs ;-) Announces Yamaha CS 700 Videoconferencing System for Huddle Rooms

March 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The Yamaha CS-700 video sound collaboration system is specifically designed as an all-in-one unit to equip huddle rooms with best in class audio, video, and screen sharing capability. Huddle rooms have unique requirements, as they typically are small sized rooms with limited tabletop space. The Yamaha CS-700 combines ultra-wideband audio with high-quality video to fulfill video, audio, and collaboration requirements in one simple, wall-mounted system addressing all communication and collaboration requirements of the huddle room. Audio, video and screen sharing is accomplished through one USB cable. The integrated remote management capability enables IT departments across the world to remotely monitor and manage their huddle room installations.


Cisco Spark Room Kits - Making Every Meeting Room Smarter

March 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The magic that started with Cisco Spark Board continues. The Cisco Spark Cisco Spark Room Kit and Cisco Spark Room Kit Plus are the newest additions to the Cisco Spark portfolio, which aims to revolutionize the meeting room.


Virtual lemonade sends colour and taste to a glass of water

March 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


When life hands you digital lemons, make virtual lemonade.

A system of sensors and electrodes can digitally transmit the basic colour and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water, making it look and taste like a different drink. The idea is to let people share sensory experiences over the internet.


Enterprise Connect 2017 Preview: Conference Sessions

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Enterprise Connect 2017 is here. It's going to be a busy week, with tons of great sessions, and an entire new track on persistent team messaging.

I have my calendar for conference sessions locked down and I'm very excited to attend and share what I learn. I had to make some tough choices, as many sessions conflict or overlap, but in the end I am going to enjoy a nice selection of topics.


Enterprise Connect 2017 Preview: Vendor Booths

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options


This is the second, and final, part of our 2016 Enterprise Connect preview guide. In the first part, we looked at the keynotes and sessions. Now, we'll preview what some of the industry's leading vendors plan on displaying at this year's show. There are far too many vendors to possibly cover them all, but we hope this list will be a good start for you.


New technology lets you and doctors experience your eye in VR

March 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Patients undergoing eye surgery can now get a virtual reality tour of the inside of their eye before the procedure. The imagery is constructed using a technology called optical coherence tomography. It uses laser light to provide comprehensive imagery.


Smart Dust: Cameras 'Smaller Than Sand' Can Now Film Your Every Move

March 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Experts say the German camera, created using new 3D printing techniques, will allow scientists to see humans in the most intricate detail than ever before. reports: Experts say the ingenious technique provides sub-micrometer accuracy that enables users to 3D print optical systems containing four lenses. The resulting multi-lens system provides an opportunity to help correct aberration, a condition where lenses fail to bring all wavelengths of color to a single focal point, which in turn may facilitate higher quality imaging from smaller devices, researchers added.

   3D-printed eagle eye: Compound microlens system for foveated imaging by Telepresence Options on Scribd

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