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Programmers to embed video conferencing deeper into real life

May 24, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Adrian Bridgwater / Computer Weekly

At some point during the 1900s (or thereabouts) what we used to know as video conferencing became known as presence, telepresence, or even immersive telepresence if you will.

Telepresence is in fact much the same video conferencing but carried out with the support of high-end "codecs" to enable users to speak and view each other over high bandwidth connections that support HD resolution images.

One of the higher profile players in this market is Polycom -- and the company is launching its new RealPresence CloudAXIS suite on the 6th June 2013.

The firm claims to have created a new piece of video software here to enable businesses to collaborate "independent of application or device" being used.

Attendees are sent a URL via email, IM or calendar invitation and can "simply click" to join a video session without downloading or purchasing software. It is billed as the industry's first global, presence-aware directory that integrates contacts from Skype, GoogleTalk and Facebook.

The application developer angle

Polycom ran its first developer contest earlier this year and challenged programmers to submit solutions using Polycom RealPresence open application programming interfaces (APIs).

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