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The Ashton Bentley / Array Telepresence Table for 8
The Ashton Bentley - Array Telepresence Table for 8 with an Ashton Bentley two70 front system
with a custom mount to hold the Array DX camera at perfect vertical eye-line
At ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, Ashton Bentley, the leader in simplifying and improving videoconferencing and telepresence deployments with integrated displays, installed audio and remote management, unveiled a new table designed to optimize Array Telepresence's Equal-i Technology which enables life-size, immersive telepresence in regular meeting rooms using traditional hard or soft videoconferencing codecs. The table, which features 2 Ashton Bentley table boxes and an Ashton Bentley controller and optimizes the scene for Array's DX camera is £3995 GBP. They have a package deal that wraps up the table with an Ashton Bentley two70 front system for £17,400 GBP. The Two70 combines dual 70 inch displays with installed audio, control, into a sleek, modern cabinet where everything is front-servicable, color-coded and assembles in hours instead of days. Array Telepresence is holding a Demo Week event this week where they can call any videoconferenicng system and demonstrate Array's Equal-i technology.
How Array Works
Image Improvement / Equal-i-zation and Immersive Everywhere
Equal-i's Immersive Everywhere capability can call dual-screen videoconferencing systems and send a dual-screen immersive view even if the other side doesn't have Array's technology. You can see the difference between the same scene captured using a standard PTZ camera on the lower display.
Immersive Everywhere is a capability that allows most hardware or software-based videoconferencing codecs to call dual-screen videoconferencing systems without Array's technology and push out a dual-screen, immersive telepresence experience using the codec's data channel to send the 2nd screen of immesive video. Participants can switch back and forth between sending dual-screen immersive telepresence and Equal-i's single-screenVideo+Content mode (shown below) to share data.
Some of the improvements include:
- Solves the problem of the farthest participants having tiny heads and indecipherable facial features by bringing everyone "up-close-and-personal" and improves the pixel count on the farthest face by 6.5Xs that of a PTZ camera.
- Equal-i-zes the size of the farthest participants to the size of the closest participants
- Conceals the camera which has psychological benefits as to how comfortable many participants feel in video meetings
- Improves the eye-line to perfect vertical which has additional psychological benefits in how participants are perceived
- Improves the format of the meeting to a more desirable "across-the-table" format
- Populates dual-displays using a single codec to create a wide format view that brings in more of the eye's peripheral vision which is one of the brain's cues to immersion.
Array's Video+Content Improves Data Collaboration and Calls Through MCUs, VMRs, and Desktop Video
Array's single-screen mode: Video+Content for sharing data and improving calls going through MCUs, VMRs, and when conferencing with desktop video clients like Polycom's RealPresence Desktop, Zoom and Skype4Business. The display at the bottom is showing the same scene using a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera.
One obvious question: "How do we share data if we are using the 2nd display for immersive telepresence?"
Answer: Array has a proprietary single-screen mode called Video+Content that delivers a better single screen view than the traditional PTZ camera for sharing data or joining multi-point calls, Video Meeting Rooms (VMRs) or video calls using desktop video clients like Polycom RealPresence Desktop, Zoom, or Skype4Business. With Video+Content you lose lifesize proportion but the pixel count on the farthest faces is still increased, the eye-line is brought to perfect vertical, and all the participants are Equal-i-zed to the same size. You can easily switch back & forth between sending dual-screen immersive and Video+Content during a call.
Immersive PTZ - Array Improves the Incoming Scene... Even if the other side doesn't have Array's tech!
An example of Array's ability to improve a scene from a remote site using a regular videoconferencing system and a PTZ camera and scale it up across dual-screens to create an immersive view and center/balance the scene. The screen on the bottom shows the exact same scene captured from the same Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera as a comparison
Because Array's Equal-i 2S Image Processor sits between the videoconferencing codec and displays it has the ability to improve the incoming scene from far-side videoconferencing systems that don't yet have Equal-i Technology. While the videoconferencing industry has other solutions for trying to solve the problem of the farthest participants having tiny, postage-stamp sized heads those are one-way solutions that don't do anything for the participants in the room the company has invested in. With Array's Immersive PTZ capability the remote scene can be image-improved and scaled across dual-displays lighting up the 2nd display, centering the scene for the participants and creating an immersive view.
With Array Telepresence you are improving both the scene being sent and the scene being received simultaneously.
Immersive Telepresence PLUS the Ashton Bentley two70 - Front System
The Ashton Bentley solution adds the two70s dual 70 inch HD displays that will keep everyone in an average-size conference room at life-size proportions. The system also adds powered audio and a host of features that simplify installation and management of the system. The company will be showing a new Array Table for 8 at ISE that optimizes the Array experience and, we have been told, will look amazing in any conference room.
The new solution combines the Ashton Bentley two70 Front System with the Array Telepresence DX Camera Module and 2S Image Processor to enable life-size, immersive telepresence with a Array Table for 8 that optimizes the Array experience.
The two70's front system features dual 70 inch HD displays and the front panels pop off making all the integrated technology front-servicable. The abox central AV processor makes almost everything remotely manageable.
The Ashton Bentley two70 components come flat-packed and can be installed quickly without even a screw driver. Each system breaks down to packages weighing less than 150 lbs to fit under the FedEx maximum for air-freight and fits in a standard elevator. Every system is front-servicable, the cables are color-coded, and amplified audio and two 70 inch HD displays are included.
The abox central AV processor provides system control, signal routing, audio processing and power distribution while the company's abSee remote management software provides system status, fault diagnostics and remote management of systems from afar.
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