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Webcams Grow Up: Personify and PanaCast Enhance Video Chats

June 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Katherine Boehret / Re/code

If you feel like the technology for videoconference calls hasn't changed much in the past few years, get ready to be impressed.

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Lately, more tech companies are bringing high-end or futuristic videconferencing features to average consumers. Over the past month, I've used two of these: Personify, a software app that utilizes a 3-D camera, and PanaCast by Altia Systems, which is an expensive standalone camera.

This isn't a comparison review of the two products, since they're quite different; rather, it's an introduction to smart, practical technologies that could change the way we videoconference. Neither of these is without limitations, but they offer an encouraging look ahead.

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