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Logitech's GROUP caters for bigger meeting rooms

February 8, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Logitech has announced a successor to its well-received ConferenceCam CC3000e, an HD video conferencing endpoint that caters for meeting rooms with up to 10 people. The new Logitech GROUP (which drops the ConferenceCam brand name) offers enhanced audio and will handle meetings of up to 14 people in its standard configuration, or up to 20 with a pair of optional additional external microphones.

 
 

Cyviz to Unveil A New Standard in Collaboration Systems at ISE 2016

February 4, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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STAVANGER, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cyviz, a global leader in high-performance visualization, collaboration, and command & control systems, announced that the company, along with its global partner Leyard, will unveil the industry's newest and most innovative collaboration system for executive meeting rooms at ISE 2016.

 
 

Biamp Systems Launches Devio Collaboration Tool for Huddle Rooms

January 28, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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BEAVERTON, Oregon -- Jan. 26, 2016 -- Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative networked media systems, today unveiled its new Devio(TM) collaboration system as part of Biamp's 40th anniversary year of activities. Created specifically for huddle rooms and small gathering spaces, the versatile solution makes collaboration fast, simple, and intuitive. With Devio's easy-to-connect device (Devio CR-1) and advanced beamforming microphone (Devio DTM-1), meetings are equipped with high-quality, laptop-based audio and video conferencing for enhanced user engagement and productivity.

 
 

Wainhouse Research's Recap of TEAM Polycom 2016

January 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

WR analysts Ira M. Weinstein and Saar Litman were pleased to attend and speak at the 8th annual Team Polycom event hosted this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The event attracted more than 1,600 people from 70 countries speaking 50 different languages.

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Panasonic's transparent display is hard for your eyes to believe

January 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Transparent displays aren't really new in the technology industry, but this year at CES we're seeing some pretty amazing examples of them. There's LG's 18-inch display, which you can roll up like paper. And I just stopped by Panasonic's booth to check out the company's own transparent display. Unlike LG's, this one's not small enough to hold in your hand; it's meant for the living room. Panasonic's demo showcases the display attached to shelving with various home decor behind it. The wood you see beneath the glass is actually where all the technology is. Inside are micro LEDs that beam out the picture to the glass panel, which isn't completely transparent (Panasonic says engineers aim to get there), but still pretty amazing to see. It looks like any tinted glass you might normally see in someone's living room. And then? Then this happens.

 
 

Microsoft's Skype killer? Augmented reality for your video calls

January 20, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft wants to use augmented reality to put a life-size virtual copy of the person you're talking to on a video call with you in the room.

The idea of Room2Room, a project from Microsoft Research, is to see whether augmented reality can rival the quality of communication of a face-to-face meeting.

 
 

LG's Gorgeous New OLED TV Is Impossibly Thin

January 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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LG IS BUILDING a huge lead in the OLED TV market, and with good reason: They're the only company making them at the moment. But the South Korean giant isn't letting up on the gas due to lack of competition. By the time another company brings an OLED set to market, they'll have to compete with an LG OLED lineup that's already three generations deep. And the company's latest sets, announced at CES 2016 today, could deliver on the promise of OLED beyond incredible picture quality.

 
 

The Holographic Town Hall™ for Presidential Candidates and National Issues Launches, Created by 4Dpresence

January 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New media company, 4Dpresence, announces today the immediate availability of a live event and new media outlet for candidates and issue oriented groups. Presidential candidates, and candidates seeking national and state offices, can now appear live as holograms in dozens of augmented reality Holographic Town Halls™ in venues across the nation simultaneously and, also, in virtual reality Holographic Town Halls™ before millions of citizens on phones, tablets, notebooks, computers, and TVs. The revolutionary media system allows citizens to interact with leading candidates in person or as holograms themselves. Candidates now can reach a much wider audience with reduced security costs.

 
 

Wainhouse Research 2016 Predictions

January 15, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by : Alan D. Greenberg / Wainhouse Research

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Bill Haskins.jpgMicrosoft and Cisco have been engaged in a longstanding war for the top UC vendor position. In 2015, Microsoft retained its number one spot based on WR End User UC survey data - with twice as many users reporting the use of Skype for Business over Cisco's Jabber client (43% MS vs 21% Cisco). However, when we asked IT Decision Makers what UC Platform they have deployed in a production environment, Cisco edged MS out for the first time (48% Cisco vs 46% MS). We think the momentum is currently in Cisco's favor for a number of reasons, including their expanded Spark Collaboration Cloud, and market questions and potential delays as enterprises work to understand the new Office 365 E5 offering and its place in their SfB strategy. If this momentum holds true, we'd expect to see almost a dead heat at the desktop in 2016, with end users reporting Jabber as their primary UC client within 5-10 percentage points of Skype for Business.

 
 

Acer Launches New Chromebox for Meetings Videoconferencing Endpoint

January 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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In addition to its two new Chrome OS devices, Acer has also announced the new Chromebox for Meeting which provides a total solution for videoconferencing including hardware, software, and support all in one box. With a fast boot time in around eight seconds, Chromebox for Meetings supports up to 15 conference participants. Not only is it easy to setup and manage, but 24/7 technical support is also included

 
 

Lily, A Camera Drone That Automatically Follows You, Pulls In A Mountainous $34 Million In Pre-orders

January 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Self-driving drone Lily has had quite the success in sales and it's not even on the market yet. The startup pulled in a whopping $34 million in pre-orders by the end of 2015, with 60,000 units already sold.

 
 

Double Robotics unveils newest telepresence robot @ CES

January 7, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Double Robotics, maker of bare-bones and comparatively inexpensive telepresence robots, just announced Double 2 at CES, its biggest product launch to date. With some needed improvements, this entry-level telepresence solution may be the product to blow the category wide open.

 
 

Osterhout Design Group unveils high-end enterprise augmented reality glasses

January 5, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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The Osterhout Design Group, which has been making high-end night-vision goggles for years, has begun shipping its R-7 augmented reality glasses for enterprise applications. The $2,750 smartglasses are a sign of things to come, as the company eventually hopes to bring the technology to the masses at consumer prices.

 
 

Livestream's $399 Movi streams from multiple 'cameras,' using only its single lens

January 4, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Livestream's Movi camera feels like the next step in the evolution of livestreaming. It offers the ability to professionally pan, zoom, and cut back and forth between multiple virtual cameras--but all with just a single, small $399 device.

 
 

Scientists unveil social and telepresence robots

December 30, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Say hello to Nadine, a "receptionist" at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore). She is friendly, and will greet you back. Next time you meet her, she will remember your name and your previous conversation with her.

 
 

Array Telepresence Offers Three New Game Changing Capabilities

December 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Array Telepresence enables life-size, immersive telepresence in regular conference rooms and boardrooms using an organizations existing videoconferencing system and Array's Equal-I Technology. Until recently the capability required having Array's revolutionary image-processor on both sides of the call. The company recently announced three new revolutionary capabilities: Immersive Everywhere that allow organizations to send a dramatically improved, life-size telepresence scene to partners and customers that don't yet have Array, Immersive PTZ which improves the scene an organization receives from videoconferencing systems that don't yet have Array, and Video+Content- a revolutionary single- screen version of their image-improved scene that improves video call quality while going through MCUs, video bridges, VMRs, and when connecting with desktop videoconferencing clients like Skype4B, Zoom, and Videxio.

 
 

Grandstream Expands Award-Winning Video Conferencing Portfolio with New Room-Based Solution

December 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grandstream Networks, connecting the world since 2002 with award-winning SIP unified communication solutions, today announced a new addition to its award-winning video conferencing platform. The GVC3202 Video Conferencing System is a groundbreaking, Android-based video conferencing platform offering unprecedented platform flexibility, features, performance and price. This high quality room-based video conferencing system contains a built-in MCU to support local 3-way video mixing, is extremely easy to install/operate and supports most SIP video conferencing platforms and services (such as Cisco, Polycom, Huawei, Blue Jeans, etc.). The GVC3202 also supports popular Android video apps (such as Skype™, Google Hangouts) and more.

 
 

Infinity 11 now available

December 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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With Pexip Infinity 11, there are tons of good reasons to getting your upgrade or engagement with Pexip Infinity going.

With more than 25 new features and enhancements, it has something up the sleeve for both the user and the administrator.

 
 

Why Cisco is Spending Millions To Upgrade Video Conferencing

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Another day, another multi-million dollar acquisition by Cisco.

On Friday, the networking giant said it will pay $700 million for Acano Limited, a London-based company focused on video conferencing technology.

 
 

Chimpanzees get video conferencing gear in experiment backed by Peter Gabriel

December 7, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Chimpanzees around the world are to be given access to video-conferencing equipment to see if they use it to communicate with one another. The experiment, which is backed by musician Peter Gabriel, aims to study how apes embrace social technology and will analyse the ways their online communication techniques compare with humans.

 
 
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