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Yealink Collaborates With Zoom to Launch Conference Room Solution

May 23, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Yealink presents the innovative "One-Button Meeting Access" function to reinforce the pairing between Yealink VC110 videoconferencing room system and Zoom's cloud-based platform

Xiamen, China - May 19, 2016 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, is pleased to announce a joint solution with Zoom Video Communications (https://zoom.us) that includes a seamless combination of the Yealink VC110 All-in-One video conferencing endpoint and Zoom's cloud-based HD video communications software. Yealink also launched a new tailored "One-Button Meeting Access" function with its VC110 to reinforce the joint solution. This solution is flexible - it targets small (4-6 people) to medium-sized (12 people or less) meeting rooms, although both Yealink and Zoom solutions are ideal for rooms of all sizes. It also brings remarkable ease for customers.

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. To solve the challenges of different-sized meeting spaces and to address the concerns of growing businesses, Yealink's VC110 ensures a high quality 1080P Full HD video experience with no sacrifices while still providing ease of installation, deployment and usage.

 
 

Introducing the AVBot - Audio Visual Organization for #Slack

May 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

AV-Bot_Slack.pngConference Room Systems has introduced a new free resource for audio visual managers, IT support technicians and audio visual integrators! It's called the AVBot for Slack. The AVBot is a real-time resource management system specifically designed to organize meeting room technology in Slack.

 
 

Disney's Haptic Telepresence Robot that Can Thread Needles

May 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.

This new transmission would be used inside of a robot and is said to be analogous to an N+1 cable-tendon transmission using N hydraulic lines and one pneumatic line for a system with N degrees of freedom. The common air-filled line would preload all of the degrees of freedom in the system according to the research paper accompanying the creation. The team says that the new transmission allows for the stiffness of a water-filled transmission with half the number of hydraulic lines previously required.

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Give Your Video Conference Room a "Stage" with Cisco PresenterTrack

May 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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About 18 months ago, members of my engineering team conducted customer site visits and came back with a most interesting challenge. They met a Spanish teacher who needed to teach a physical/virtual class over video, but current technology constrained her ability to move about the classroom. Any teacher will tell you that it's an unnatural experience to spend the entire class in a fixed position.

The school already had video-conferencing equipment, but the experience just wasn't right for what this teacher wanted to do. The IT team couldn't figure out a simple way for her to move around that didn't require a complicated room and equipment set-up, and maybe even a producer and film crew involved to direct cameras.

We've done a lot to make video conferencing more natural and easy to use. But, until now, it's pretty much still a seated experience. This goes against the natural tendencies of many people (including me) who would prefer to move when presenting. Even when rooms are set up so that the presenter could stand, they didn't allow presenters the flexibility to move beyond a fixed a point. And, the far-end audience was often left with a view of the back of the presenter's head.

What's the point of video conferencing if you can't see faces and reactions?

I'm happy to report that we solved the problem for that Spanish teacher. And just last month, we made the technology - PresenterTrack - available to the rest of the world.

 
 

The Best of Visual Collaboration @ London's Business Breakthrough Event - May 26th

May 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Imago_Business_Breakthrough_London_2016.jpgVideo, audio and cloud players gather to present new, innovative solutions on 26 May at The Brewery in the City of London for the Imago ScanSource Business Breakthrough Event.

30 vendors on show include Polycom, NEC, Samsung and Barco. Imago ScanSource will be working with Array Telepresence to show the new i-Kandy video conferencing solution, and with Vidyo and Polycom to demonstrate the latest enhancements to the VaaS-t cloud-based services.

Alongside vendor displays and demonstrations, Imago ScanSource is also organising a series of technical and enterprise focused seminars presented by key speakers from the broadcast, AV and global tech industry. In addition, the company is joining forces with its US parent ScanSource to present vendors such as Avaya, Unify, Shoretel and Spectralink.

 
 

Array Telepresence's "Big Ideas" for Improving Videoconferencing Quality

May 10, 2016 | Howard Lichtman

Immersive_Telepresence_Delivered2.jpgLast year immersive telepresence rooms cost $300,000+, didn't fit in regular sized conference rooms and frequently required changes to the network. This year immersive telepresence gets delivered in a box and you can use the videoconferencing end-points you already own. This is just one of the many "Big Ideas" behind Array Telepresence that allow organizations to cost-effectively improve videoconferencing quality and make executives and their "brand" look amazing when conferencing with customers. Here are some others:

Array Telepresence makes a revolutionary camera and image processor that replaces the Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera that comes with most videoconferencing codecs to enable life-size, immersive telepresence in regular conference rooms.

The answer to "WOW! How are you doing that"? when your executive roll into their next video meeting life-size, on-both screens, with perfect vertical eye-line Is: Array's Equal-i Technology!

Enterprises can get a demo of Equal-i from any videoconferencing system during Array's Enterprise Collaboration Pros Demo Week Event - May 16th-20th.

 
 

Hopefully You'll Never Need to Use Polycom's High-Tech Prison Phone

May 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Here on the outside, we like our phones with chamfered edges, wraparound OLED screens, and slim builds. In the clink, however, there's a whole different set of desired design elements.

The Polycom RealPresence Videoprotect 500 is a videoconferencing phone made for correctional facilities. As such, it needs to be able to withstand more than just your occasional sidewalk drop. It can't just have a 22-inch 1080p display with an HD camera mounted on top of it; it has to have a 22-inch 1080p display protected by a quarter-inch-thick sheet of high-impact PETG thermoplastic. That makes the screen practically smash-proof--even if you whack it with the phone's super-durable handset.

 
 

Logitech C925e webcam is full HD and supports professional video conferencing

May 2, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Logitech has rolled out a new webcam that aims directly at the professional user who needs a solution for critical video conferencing where mistakes could mean lost money. The new webcam is called the Logitech C925e Webcam and it carries certifications and qualifications to be used with all major pro level video conferencing solutions including Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Zoom, BlueJeans, and Videxio. The webcam is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

The C925e supports resolution up to 1920 x 1080 at up to 30 frames per second. An integrated privacy shade allows you to block off the lens when not in use to prevent anyone from potentially watching you without your knowledge. Logitech uses H.264 video compression and the camera has integrated autofocus.

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Vidyo Selected by Alibaba DingTalk for Video Conferencing in DingTalk Enterprise UC Cloud Platform

April 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Alibaba_Dingtalk_Vidyo.jpgDingTalk service provides the highest quality, multiparty video chat for mobile and desktop to over 1.5 million Chinese enterprise companies on iOS or Android

HANGZHOU, CHINA and HACKENSACK, N.J.- April 26, 2016 - Alibaba DingTalk, a business unit of the Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), the world's largest online and mobile marketplace, selected Vidyo, Inc., a leader in video communication and collaboration, to bring embedded HD quality, click-to-connect multiparty video conferencing capabilities to DingTalk, Alibaba's free, cloud-based enterprise unified communication platform. Now generally available, DingTalk with Vidyo enables 100+ endpoints to join a conference in a user-friendly interface with HD content sharing and flexible display layouts.

First unveiled in January 2015 DingTalk is a powerful cloud-based UC platform that simplifies enterprise collaboration and communication for Chinese enterprises and teams. With more than 1.5 million enterprise companies using DingTalk on desktop and mobile today, Alibaba DingTalk needed tremendous scalability to address the platform's large and growing installed base of Chinese enterprises requesting face-to-face collaboration.

 
 

Chatlight - Personal Videoconferencing Lighting

April 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Chatlight_PC_Selfie_light.jpgTelepresence Options has been successfully testing the Chatlight. A personal, rechargable LED light for desktop or mobile videoconferencing that charges via USB. $29.99 in White, Black, or Silver. We're using two on either side of a laptop.

 
 

i-Kandy - Imago ScanSource's Immersive Telepresence Videoconferencing Bundles

April 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Imago ScanSource is Europe's leading distributor of videoconferencing and collaboration technologies. They have come out with innovative bundles that enable immersive telepresence videoconferencing in regular conference rooms at revolutionary pricepoints.

i-Kandy-Array_Telepresence_Polycom_Medialign.jpgi-Kandy PLUS combines the Polycom Medialign 270 with the Array Telepresence DX Camera Module and 2S Image Processor to enable life-size, immersive telepresence in regular rooms.

Imago_i-Kandy-Array_Telepresence_Polycom_Bundle.pngImago's standard i-Kandy bundle combines the Array DX Camera Module and Image Processor with Polycom's Group 500 Video, Voice, and Collaboration Engine for cost-effective immersive telepresence in regular size conference rooms and boardrooms using dual-displays. Click through to get all the details.

 
 

Vidyo Launches Plugin-Free Video Conferencing With WebRTC

April 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Vidyo, a company developing video-conferencing products, released a new version of its VidyoWeb client and Vidyo Server that support the WebRTC protocol. The technology can enable plugin-free video chatting in the browser with a single click. Vidyo also worked with Google to support the VP9 codec in WebRTC products in a way that scales the video to various bitrates and resolutions.

 
 

Mitel Acquires Polycom -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Wainhouse Research's Take

April 15, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Mitel Acquires Polycom -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

While there are some potential synergies in this deal, there are many risks.

After MANY months of rumors, the news is finally in. Unified communications and telephony product/services vendor Mitel (MITL) has announced its intention to acquire collaboration, videoconferencing, and phone vendor Polycom (PLCM).

As was widely reported in the business press, the real discussions and due diligence began in October 2015 when Elliot Management (an investor in both companies) pushed for the two firms to combine.

The news is still hot off the presses. The paperwork was signed by Mitel yesterday morning, and by Polycom last night, and the press release went live at 6 AM EDT. The Wainhouse Research team was briefed only five minutes later ... yes, at 3:05 AM PT. While some of the details remain sketchy, here's what we know and think.

The deal is expected to close in Q3. The plan is that Polycom will retain its brand and its San Jose headquarters, and operate as an independent division within Mitel. Two Polycom board members will take positions on Mitel's board. Details about Polycom's executive staff have yet to be released. Once merged, the combined company will have a total workforce of about 7,700 employees and annual run rate of roughly $2.5 billion. Mitel expects the acquisition of Polycom to be accretive to its shareholders in 2017.

 
 

Yealink and Fuze Establish Interoperability to Combine Video Conferencing Endpoint and Cloud-based Platform

April 14, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Xiamen, China - April 12, 2016 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, is pleased to announce the successful result of a new interoperability (IOT) cooperation with Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones), the leader in global voice, video, and collaboration. The Yealink VC120 video conferencing room system is now verified as compatible with Fuze conferencing and collaboration solutions.

 
 

Acer's Chromebase is a Google-powered all-in-one PC built for video conferencing

April 5, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Google's Chrome OS continues to assault business PCs with a new all-in-one Chrome OS computer designed for video conferences. Acer and Google recently announced the Acer Chromebase for meetings based on the Chromebox for meetings platform.

 
 

Zoom Announces Native Skype for Business Interoperability

March 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - March 29, 2016) - Zoom Video Communications, Inc., a leading provider of video communications services, today announced the addition of native interoperability with Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Lync) to its enterprise video conferencing platform.

 
 

Imago ScanSource's Ian Vickerage: Yorkshire's Silicon Valley entrepreneur

March 28, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Ian_Vickerage_ScanSource.jpgIan Vickerage brought a little bit of Silicon Valley to the UK and built Imago Communications into Europe's leading value-added distributor of next-generation visual collaboration technologies. He sold the company to ScanSource, Inc. in 2014 creating a global powerhouse with a broad range of video and voice communications equipment and services. Now as President of ScanSource Europe he sat down with AV Magazine's Clive Couldwell to discuss the journey, his secret to success, and how he is revolutionizing the quality of visual collaboration on the continent by helping to launch Array Telepresence into the market.

 
 

Alone together: my weird morning in a virtual reality chatroom

March 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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I'm standing in front of a decorative garden talking to a guy from Germany about PC specifications. This is not really what I was hoping for from the future of online social communication.

The place I'm in is AltSpace, a virtual reality social world. It was launched in 2013 by AltSpaceVR, a small startup based in Redwood City, California. Although it's early days for virtual reality as a consumer phenomenon, there's been a lot of interest in the idea of virtual chatrooms - AltSpace VR has already attracted more than $15m (£10.6m) in venture capital funding, and Mark Zuckerberg has talked about multi-user VR as the future of social media. There are alternatives to AltSpace, such as vTime and VRChat but this one is getting a lot of interest due to its multi-platform compatibility and array of features. That's why I decided to don a HTC Vive and spend an hour in the virtual world of chat.

It's been ... odd.

 
 

Face2Face Makes Anyone a Video Puppet

March 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Justus Thies, Michael Zollhöfer, Marc Stamminger, Christian Theobalt, and Matthias Nießner are graduate students that have created a system for reenacting faces using commodity webcams and video samples of the targeted face. The system captures the mouth and facial movements of a source actor using a commodity webcam and then superimposes the mouth and facial movements into the target video file making the subject of the target video mimic the facial expressions and speech motion of the source actor.

 
 

Array Telepresence Launches in Europe & Imago Scansource Promotes with 2-for-1 Deal

March 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Imago_Should_Have_Gone_To_Array.jpgArray Telepresence, a pioneering new company that enables immersive telepresence in regular conference rooms using existing videoconferencing codecs, hits the European shores this week and their distributor Imago Scansource is making it easy for systems integrators and enterprise video managers to trial the technology with a limited time only 2-for-1 offer. Story includes details on how Array's Equal-i Technology works, the ROI for enterprise video programs and Pro Tips on how Enterprises can set up a pilot program. The company is conducting a global demonstration event this week (March 14th-18th) connecting to the interested over videoconferencing to demonstrate the system's capabilities.

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