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Redboot Launches Desktop Collaboration and Conferencing App

August 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Redbooth, a company that sells software with task management, videoconferencing, and messaging features, is announcing today that it has built a new native desktop client for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Until now people were only able to use Redbooth in a web browser, or on iOS and Android.
 
 

Array Telepresence DX Camera vs. Cisco and Polycom's Voice Tracking Camera Technology

August 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options
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At a cursory glance one might think that the Array DX Camera module and Image Processor are competitive offerings with Cisco's SpeakerTrack 60 and Polycom's Eagle Eye Director which attempt to solve the problem of the farthest participants from the camera having tiny, indecipherable features and poor human factors by using machine vision and voice-tracking to zoom in on and frame the active speakers.

The reality is Array's approach solves the "postage stamp-sized head" problem in a vastly superior manner and then further improves the scene and the experience in a variety of ways that will delight your end-users and everyone you conference with.

 
 

Razer Unveils 3D-sensing Camera With Intel's RealSense Technology

August 19, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Intel's RealSense technology was announced last year and for those who are hearing about it for the first time, this is basically a piece of camera technology that will be able to detect gestures, come with facial recognition, and can even detect finger-level movements as well, making it a lot more subtle.

That being said, Razer who is primarily a games peripheral maker, has announced a new camera which will take advantage of Intel's RealSense technology. The idea of this camera is to enhance the gaming experience of its users, and at the same time will also appeal to internet broadcasters such as those on Twitch.

 
 

Array Telepresence Update - Lifesize Immersive Telepresence Using Your Existing Videoconferencing System

August 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Array is an "experience" and understand the power you really need to see it running on "The Big Screens"

Last month there was one place on the planet to get "experienced", this month 4. In September that number increases to eleven with more on the way! Find out where our new demo centers are OR how you can get an on-site demo at your location, a demo via traditional videoconferencing, OR a demo using desktop videoconferencing.

 
 

This video app personalizes sales messages, tracks who watches

August 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Here's a unique way to make an impression on a prospect. Instead of sending a conventional email or leaving a voicemail to follow up after a sales meeting, why not send a quick video message instead?

That's the purpose of an app from early-stage startup OneMob, co-founded by former Salesforce manager Sati Hillyer, who is the CEO. The company is backed with around $900,000 in seed money from Salesforce Ventures and angel investors including Tim Draper and former DocuSign CEO Steve King, he said.

 
 

Stanford researchers unveil light-field VR headset that reduces eye fatigue, nausea

August 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Assistant Professor Gordon Wetzstein's new Stanford Computational Imaging Group has developed a light-field stereoscope that creates a dramatically more natural virtual reality experience than what is present in today's leading headsets.

 
 

8i debuts 3D Video file format based on light field tech for rich, realistic interaction

August 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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8i, a startup based in New Zealand, has unveiled a new 3D Video format based on light field technology. Its mission is to offer a more realistic take on virtual reality and augmented reality, particularly in its portrayal of humans.

3D Video is an alternative to computer graphics in that it converts multiple digital videos to light field format and reconstructs the streams as volumetric 3D video. This aids in the creation of realistic VR content with any video-capable camera when combined with the company's proprietary software.

 
 

How Advanced Visualization Technology Is Preparing Professionals and Changing Industries - Interview with Bill Schmidt, AVI-SPL's Visualization Expert

August 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Q&A with Visualization Expert Bill Schmidt

Visualization and simulation technologies have vastly improved over the past two decades. Costs continue to drop, making advanced visualization solutions more accessible than ever. Bill Schmidt, AVI-SPL Sales Director and Visualization Advocate, answers questions about trends, technologies, and what it means for an array of businesses and organizations.

 
 

Aver announces the VC520 -New Sub $1000 Videoconferencing System

August 7, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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High-end features at a low-end price make the VC520 a complete solution for the modern workforce

  • 12MP optical zoom camera with full HD (1080p) output resolution
  • Powerful PTZ auto-focus lens includes 10 presets to smoothly switch targets
  • High fidelity directional microphones with daisy-chain functionality for crystal clear sound
  • Supplied remote control for uninterrupted operation
  • Plug and play functionality for easy setup with a range of VC applications

Milton Keynes, England, 6th August 2015: AVer, a leader and innovator in video conferencing and mobile solutions, has announced the launch of the VC520, a professional VC camera for efficient collaboration in conference rooms.

 
 

Branto: 360 degree VC and security camera and home automation gizmo

August 6, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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The most advanced smart home with full remote presence & security features

Introducing a wireless smart home system designed to be your home's mind and soul. Branto is a smart assistant which provides security, 360 vision, communication and control of your home devices when you're at home and away. It is compact, portable and stylish.

 
 

Hacker Sends Toronto Woman Creepy Pictures of Herself Taken Through Her Own Webcam

August 2, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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It was the end of a long day, and Chelsea Clark and her boyfriend had settled in for a Netflix marathon on his laptop. "We were for sure watching Adventure Time," says the 27-year-old bartender. "Pretty normal Wednesday night stuff."

Yet the couple's rather unremarkable, rather intimate evening soon became anything but.

 
 

10 for 10: Top ten new features of Pexip Infinity 10

July 31, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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With the release of the 10th version of Pexip Infinity, the platform sees another wave of new usability and administration features.

Improving the user experience is important to Pexip. And it is important for you, the customer, for both the user and the administrator. Pexip continually strives towards further improving the industry's most flexible meeting platform.

 
 

Move over Skype, Facetime, Hangouts. Here comes Spreedbox, a fully open source, secure videoconferencing solution

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Following the trend of privacy-respecting products and projects coming out of Europe (e.g., ownCloud, Kolab, and Plasma Mobile), German firm struktur AG has started a Kickstarter project called Spreedbox, which aims to offer a secure audio video conferencing service. According to the project page, "The Spreedbox is a unique device for secure audio/video conferencing, text and video messaging and file sharing. The Spreedbox is your own conferencing, meeting and file exchange service on the Internet and puts the control and security of your data into your own hands."

 
 

An Interview with Sphericam Founder Jeffrey Martin About VR Imaging

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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We spoke with the founder of Sphericam, Jeffrey Martin, on the future of the company's 360-degree spherical camera lineup and where virtual reality imaging may be headed in the next decade. The Sphericam 2 has already surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal of $150,000, collecting over $400,000, with two days of the campaign remaining. Dive into this interview to learn what challenges the team faced and what they have around the corner.

 
 

Rap artist Chief Keef defies arrest warrants by appearing via telepresence hologram... Cops pull the plug

July 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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In an interesting sign of the times, Chief Keef, a rap artist with multiple arrest warrants in Illinois, was circumventing the law by performing via telepresence hologram in neighboring Hammond, Indiana when police decided to pull the plug. The incident is one of a growing number of examples where individuals wanted by governments and law enforcement agencies are using telepresence to speak with audiences. Edward Snowden has been using a BEAM telepresence robot to work with the ACLU in New York and has even given a TED Talk via the telepresence device.

 
 

The Telepresence Options Telegraph Newsletter - July 22nd 2015

July 24, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

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Lifesize Cloud Amplify Gives Everyone in the Company their own YouTube Channel

July 22, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

LifeSize_Cloud_Amplify.jpgLifesize, the videoconferencing division of Logitech, has been deftly transforming into one of the leading providers of cloud-based video calling from its traditional hardware-based videoconferencing roots. The company flexed their continually developing cloud muscles this week and rolled out Lifesize Cloud Amplify, a cloud-based recording tool that allows anyone in an organization to record video and videoconferences from any device and immediately upload the content to their own "YouTube channel" with the ability to control who can watch, share, and comment.

 
 

Telemedicine pods open in Ohio drugstores

July 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - When Steve Cashman's 10-year-old daughter got swimmer's ear, he went from issues with paperwork at an Ohio pharmacy clinic to being sent to an urgent care, and back to the pharmacy for a prescription. And he couldn't help but think - There had to be a better way to deal with minor and common health conditions.

But unlike a lot frustrated people, this Columbus resident is also a serial technology entrepreneur who happened to be on a six-month leave trying to figure out his next opportunity. His idea: create telemedicine kiosks where retail pharmacy customers could engage with a certified medical provider through telemedicine.

 
 

Visual Collaboration @ InfoComm 2015 - Trends & Best-of-Show Awards

July 9, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

TPO_InfoComm_Best_of_Show.jpgAs we like to point out every year, InfoComm is one of our favorite shows because there are so few venues where you can actually go and "kick-the-tires" on so many visual collaboration offerings under one roof. It is also a pleasure to get to see so many old friends and make new ones. This year InfoComm set a new all-time high attendance record with 39,105 attendees from 108 countries visiting 950 exhibitors in 515,000 square feet of exhibit space. As usual there were new trends and new solutions for visual collaboration. Check out our update on the trends and Best-of-Show Winners for: Best New Product, Best Interactive Display, Best Visual Collaboration Solution for Creatives, and more!

 
 

Grandstream Launch $4000 Android Video Conferencing System

July 7, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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As the android operating system continues to evolve, it is clear that Google see the end result of android being one which is as business and enterprise oriented as it is a personal operating system. This has become even clearer since Google introduced Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and Android M. Both of which, place more of an emphasis on business with their various Android for Work features, services and improved security and privacy aspects.