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Medical Marijuana Prescriptions in Minutes Using Telemedicine

July 1, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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I'll begin this story with a disclaimer: I rarely smoke weed. Aside from the few times that I've tried it recreationally, marijuana has never really appealed to me as it does to the millions of Americans who light up for medical purposes or just for fun.

Perhaps that's what makes my experience with Eaze, an on-demand weed delivery marketplace, all the more surreal. Last Friday while sitting in my friend's living room, I was able to get a preview of the company's new app-based feature, which allows users to consult with a doctor via their mobile phones or computers for medical marijuana assessments. Within an hour I used Eaze to video conference with a doctor, receive a marijuana recommendation and purchase an eighth of an ounce of "Sour Diesel" for delivery. The cannabis arrived shortly after the sausage and pepperoni pizza I had ordered to accompany it.

 
 

Skype Alternatives, Part 2: Edward Snowden's Recommendations

June 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Juan S. Galt / The Cointelegraph

Continuing the search for secure, cross-platform, end-to-end encrypted chat and VoIP communication software, this article is part 2 of a series on encrypted Skype alternatives.

Skype, Microsoft's voice over IP (VoIP) software, has been shown to be insecure on various levels over the years. The Snowden leaks have revealed it to be more of a mass surveillance malware than a secure communications platform.

 
 

Google's new $2000 Chromebox for Meetings pack supports larger spaces

June 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Early last year Google announced Chromebox for Meetings, a virtual meeting solution that provides companies with conferencing hardware, software and support. The collection of hardware is powered by an Asus Chromebox, and uses Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps to communicate with others remotely.

 
 

Lenovo's $129 Stick PC will do Videoconferencing

June 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Lenovo has officially entered the PC stick game with the announcement of the Ideacentre Stick 300 on June 23. The stick is designed to plug into any display to give it PC capabilities, such as Web browsing and video conferencing. Lenovo has specified that the Ideacentre Stick 300 will debut on retail shelves this fall in the U.S., starting at $129.

 
 

Online Meeting Service Join.me Expands To Video, Still No Download Required

June 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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As anyone who has attended online meetings knows, traditional software with its clunky user interfaces and required software installations was in need of a change. That's why LogMeIn's online meeting service join.me has for some time now offered an advantage: you could quickly host or join online meetings for free, then chat and share screens without cumbersome software downloads.

 
 

Panasonic Announces 4K Integrated PTZ Camera

June 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Panasonic rolled out the professional video industry's first integrated 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera, the AW-UE70. The AW-UE70 delivers 3840 x 2160 resolution images at 29.97p/25p via HDMI, and is also capable of 4K IP streaming and in-camera 4K recording.

 
 

InfoComm 2015 - New Announcement Roundup

June 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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InfoComm 2015, the largest show in the world that brings together the leading firms and technologies in visual collaboration, telepresence, videoconferencing and a thousand other information technologies kicked off on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of the cool technologies that are going to be making their debut at the show. Please check back for our annual Best of Show awards in the coming week.

 
 

InFocus Launches Saturn: A multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing

June 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Saturn, from InFocus, is a multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing using multiple configurable ultra-narrow-bezel HD displays that can be customized for any wall size. Saturn is different from a basic video wall with an integrated video conferencing multipoint control unit (MCU) server that allows users to instantly configure and change each input image to any number of the displays.

 
 

Collaboration Squared introduces Ubiety Room - transform any meeting room based PC|Mac|Chromebox into a fully interoperable video conference system

June 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Collaboration Squared, a global conferencing and collaboration service provider, today announced the launch of Ubiety Room, an app & cloud service that turns any meeting room based PC | Mac | Chromebox into a fully interoperable video conference system.

Think traditional video conference endpoint functionality, but using the existing multipurpose compute hardware customers already have in meeting rooms. With the Ubiety Room software these devices can video call from Ubiety Room to Ubiety Room, but more importantly to/from traditional vide conference endpoints like Cisco/Polycom/LifeSize, Lync/Skype users, Cisco Jabber users, Ubiety users, Ubiety meetings and even can call into other bridge vendors such as Cisco/Polycom/Blue Jeans meetings. All meaning customers can leverage their existing investments/infrastructure/services. Included is also call escalation to 25 sites from the room device and a free Ubiety virtual meeting room per Ubiety Room customer as well.

 
 

Oculus reveals its consumer Rift VR headset

June 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Three long years after Oculus unveiled its VR headset to the world, it now finally has one ready for consumers. Say hello to the Rift headset that you can actually buy. It features two OLED screens that promises clarity and a wide field of view. It also has a tracking system which CEO Brendan Iribe says has a very low latency movement that the company has refined over the years. Interestingly, there's also now an external sensor that you can put on your desk, which replaces the webcam-like sensor from earlier Oculus headsets. They've also integrated a pair of headphones into the headset itself, which Iribe says has that 360-degree spatialized audio that's so integral to a more immersive environment. And yes, you can remove them to add your own headphones. The headset itself is designed to fit better. There's a dial to better adjust the distance between your eyes (also known as the interpupillary distance), plus the whole thing is covered in cloth for more comfort. And if you wear glasses? No problem, because it now fits those of us with corrective lenses as well.

 
 

The Untold Story of Microsoft's Surface Hub

June 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Jeff Han's fingers are dancing across an expansive, wall-mounted touch screen. Planet Earth spins in front of him in computer-generated form; he grabs it with both hands and starts to zoom in. He keeps going--Western Hemisphere, North America, United States, Pacific Northwest--until we're finally staring at a prosaic industrial area alongside a highway.

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Walgreens, Anthem, and United Health plan on rolling out telemedicine to tens of millions

June 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Millions of people will be able to see a doctor on their smartphones or laptops for everyday ailments once the nation's largest drugstore chain and two major insurers expand a budding push into virtual health care.

Walgreens said Wednesday that it will offer a smartphone application that links doctor and patients virtually in 25 states by the end of the year. That growth comes as UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem prepare to make their own non-emergency telemedicine services available to about 40 million more people by next year.

 
 

Microsoft Surface Hub: Shipping in Sept, Price: $20K for 84inch and $7K for 55 inch version

June 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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You'd be forgiven if you forgot what the Surface Hub is. After all, Microsoft announced it the same day as its futuristic HoloLens headset -- arguably the more interesting of the two products. Even so, though, the Hub is a compelling device in its own right: a big pen display designed for conference rooms, making it easier for employees to brainstorm, even if some people are tuning in remotely. We took one for a brief spin back in January, but at the time it was unclear when it would be available or how much it would cost. Today, Microsoft clarified that the 4K, 84-inch version we tried will cost $19,999 and go on sale in July, right around the time Windows 10 comes out. In addition, there will be a smaller, 55-inch version available for a much lower price of $6,999. (For the money, you get 1080p resolution on that one, which is just fine considering how relatively small the screen is.) Both should ship in early September.

 
 

TrueConf Pioneers 4K (UltraHD) 1-on-1 Video Calls

June 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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TrueConf, a leading Eastern European vendor of video conferencing solutions, has announced UltraHD 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) in a 1-on-1 video call. TrueConf is the first vendor, to our knowledge, to provide UltraHD point-to-point video calls along with multipoint video conferencing. TrueConf demonstrated the difference between 1-on-1 4K (UltraHD) and FullHD calls at a press conference on June 9 2015 in Moscow. The prototype used for the presentation consisted of a PC with a fourth generation Intel i7 CPU, Point Grey UltraHD camera, and TrueConf Server software displayed on a Polymedia Flipbox smart display for meeting rooms. The point-to-point UltraHD video calls also required a powerful video card and 4Mbit/s bandwidth. You can see a screenshot of the call showing the resolution here.

 
 

RambleBot - The $199 cell phone telepresence robot platform

June 8, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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The RambleBot is a $199 telepresence robot that you can control over the internet using a connection to the self-provided Android smartphone that serves as the unit's brain and communications capability. The unit can be equipped with an optional arm and gripper for an additional $38 and can be maneuvered to plug itself into a standard 110 volt outlet to recharge. One of the company's marketing photographs shows the robot holding a knife with its gripper but, never fear, each system comes with a physical ShieldPass security card and all communications between you and the bot are encrypted.

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Phoenix Audio launches Condor - A multi-microphone array/SIP phone for videoconferencing and collaboration rooms

June 8, 2015 | Telepresence Options

Phoenix_Audio_Condor_Multi_Microphone_Array.jpgIRVINE, Calif.- (Virtual Press Office) --Phoenix Audio Technologies announced today that it will introduce its revolutionary audio solution, the Condor, at the InfoComm show in Orlando on June 17-19. The Condor is an all-in-one audio system that is positioned on top or next to your conferencing monitor and addresses all your audio pickup needs. The Condor utilizes a multi-microphone array to create audio beams that zoom in and pick up any voice from distances of up to thirty feet. It is equipped with analog, USB, and optical interfaces, so that it can easily connect to any video conferencing system, and use any type of loudspeakers, including external sound bars or your monitor's internal speakers.

 
 

HP launches a collaborative PC for meeting rooms using Intel Unite, a Chromebox videoconferencing endpoint, and a display optimized for videoconferencing

June 5, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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PALO ALTO, CA, Jun 04, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- HP HPQ, -1.94% today announced new collaboration solutions, including the HP Collaboration PC, a dedicated meeting room PC that offers businesses a cost-effective, easily manageable and secure way to improve collaboration and meeting productivity between colleagues.

The company also unveiled the HP Conferencing Keyboard and the HP ProDisplay P222c Video Conferencing Monitor to further enhance collaboration for the modern workforce.

 
 

InFocus launches Mondopad 2.0 - All-in-One videoconferencing, display, and interactive whiteboard

June 4, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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PORTLAND, Ore., Jun. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Making video conferencing and group-work efficient across multiple locations, collaboration technology pioneer InFocus Corporation (www.infocus.com) today released Mondopad 2.0. The new Mondopad enhances the capabilities of the first ever large-format, all-in-one, video conferencing touchscreen collaboration device for the conference room, classroom, distance education center and multi-point office. In addition, Mondopad 2.0 offers new features that make sharing, annotating, archiving and overall collaboration easier, particularly between multiple locations.

 
 

How The USA Freedom Act is Actually Reducing Freedom in America

June 4, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Washington, DC (TFC) - The USA Freedom Act successfully passed in the U.S. Senate with a final vote of 67-32. This was preceded by a tumultuous weekend of Rand Paul throwing sticks into the wheels of other senators willing to renew an un-amended version of the original Patriot Act, which allegedly was the only document allowing for the NSA and other federal agencies to perform mass-surveillance on millions of unsuspecting Americans.

 
 

Tox: Encrypted Skype Replacement Will Possibly Intergrate Bitcoin

June 3, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Tox, an encrypted instant messaging platform, has plans to experiment with Bitcoin micro-payments. Tox connects users to one another directly and uses advanced cryptography to encrypt all chats. Users of the platform will be able to voice call, instant message, video call, and exchange files, all with top-notch security and privacy in all conversations. The lead developer of Tox announced plans to possibly integrate Bitcoin payments through the platform in the future.