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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.
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.
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.
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.
Newstarget.com 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.
With touch devices growing in popularity, Seloy Live has patented a design that sandwiches touch technology between sheets of glass. Anne Lindgren, sales director, Seloy Live tells Zoe Mutter why the future of glass is smart and interactive.
Signal, the encrypted chat app from Open Whisper Systems, now lets anyone chat privately on video. The feature, which first launched on Android last month, has come out of beta and is now available on both Android and iOS. The company spent the relatively short beta period "collecting feedback and addressing the issues" found by beta users, it said. As with texts and calls, video is encrypted end-to-end, so nobody, including spy agencies, can eavesdrop on your business.
Polycom's conference room speakers and video monitors have been staples in corporate boardrooms for decades. The company's sales growth hit a rough patch in recent years, but a $2 billion takeover has given it a new lease on life. Polycom CEO Mary McDowell appears on Bloomberg North with Anthony Lacavera to talk about the company's strategic shift. (Source: Bloomberg)
This year at SXSW, Sony opened up what it calls the "Wow Factory" in a converted warehouse on Trinity Street in Austin, where members of its Future Lab program have set up some of the coolest and weirdest hardware concepts out there. The Future Lab program is a research and development initiative that urges Sony employees to think more about human interaction and creativity, and not just bigger screens and faster processors
The robot is informed that its initial motion was incorrect based upon real-time decoding of the observer's EEG signals, and it corrects its selection accordingly to properly sort an object (credit: Andres F. Salazar-Gomez et al./MIT, Boston University)
Two research teams are developing new ways to communicate with robots and shape them one day into the kind of productive workers featured in the current AMC TV show HUMANS (now in second season).
Programming robots to function in a real-world environment is normally a complex process. But now a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University is creating a system that lets people correct robot mistakes instantly by simply thinking.
Ralph Osterhout (left) and Geoffrey Fowler Photo: Nikki Ritcher/Dow Jones
Many big and well-funded technology companies are working on augmented-reality glasses, which superimpose digital content including images into a user's view of the real world.
One of the very few companies actually shipping such a headset is Osterhout Design Group. ODG's founder, Ralph Osterhout, sat down with Wall Street Journal technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler to discuss how augmented-reality glasses work and what businesses might do with them.
Eric Yuan got into collaboration technology for personal reasons. When he was dating his now wife in his native China, he would take ten hour train rides from college to see her. The trains were packed with people to such an extent that he could sleep standing up, and he would be held up by fellow passengers who were squeezed against him. This miserable experience made Yuan wish there were a way to replicate the experience of being with her without the need for such a miserable travel experience. He joined WebEx as one of its earliest engineers in 1997, and would stay with the company through its acquisition by Cisco in 2007. He had helped grow the team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800 million.
Google appears to have accidentally revealed its new group videoconferencing service for businesses on Tuesday, a week before a big user conference.
The service, called Meet, appears to be its offering for businesses that want to do group meetings over the Internet. According to a saved iOS App Store listing captured by AppAnnie, it will support high-definition video meetings with up to 30 participants. That's an upgrade over the company's existing Hangouts instant messaging and video calling service, which only allows meetings of up to 10 people.
Since the original $35 Raspberry Pi computer launched in 2012, it has spawned a whole family of low-cost computers.
The latest offering is the Raspberry Pi Zero W, a tiny $10 board that adds Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to the cheapest member of the Pi family, the Raspberry Pi Zero.
The Ashton Bentley - Array Telepresence Table for 8 with an Ashton Bentley two70 front system
with a custom mount to hold the Array DX camera at perfect vertical eye-line
At ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, Ashton Bentley, the leader in simplifying and improving videoconferencing and telepresence deployments with integrated displays, installed audio and remote management, unveiled a new table designed to optimize Array Telepresence's Equal-i Technology which enables life-size, immersive telepresence in regular meeting rooms using traditional hard or soft videoconferencing codecs. The table, which features 2 Ashton Bentley table boxes and an Ashton Bentley controller and optimizes the scene for Array's DX camera is £3995 GBP. They have a package deal that wraps up the table with an Ashton Bentley two70 front system for £17,400 GBP. The Two70 combines dual 70 inch displays with installed audio, control, into a sleek, modern cabinet where everything is front-servicable, color-coded and assembles in hours instead of days. Array Telepresence is holding a Demo Week event this week where they can call any videoconferenicng system and demonstrate Array's Equal-i technology.
IBM and Ricoh are seeking to revolutionise teleconferencing by launching an interactive whiteboard that leverages the power of IBM's Watson supercomputer and its artificial intelligence. The whiteboard can translate verbal communications in real time into a multitude of languages.
Amazon has taken the wraps off of its own Skype competitor. Chime is a new video conferencing and communications from AWS that's focused on business users.
The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter.
Just how do you show someone who is not wearing Microsoft HoloLens what a user sees when they're immersed in the world of mixed reality? If you build applications for Microsoft's headset, up until now, you've had a difficult challenge.
As of today, Microsoft has a solution called "Spectator View." Using a set of instructions from the software giant, developers will be able to build their own camera mounts and software, which allow them to film the HoloLens user experience in a new and compelling way.
Holographic technology company 8i is announcing today that it has raised a $27 million series B round of fundraising for the development of new products including its new smartphone hologram program: Holo.
Social media lets us keep in contact with way more people than ever before, but our interaction with most of our Facebook friends is probably limited to the odd "Like" now and then, and a generic happy birthday message once a year. It's easier than ever for long-distance couples to stay connected, but if Skype calls and texting aren't quite enough, the Flex-N-Feel glove, developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University, can help transmit the touch of a hand.