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AI-Powered Body Cams Give Cops The Power To Google Everything They See

February 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter.

Microsoft Spectator View Lets You Experience HoloLens Without Wearing It

February 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Just how do you show someone who is not wearing Microsoft HoloLens what a user sees when they're immersed in the world of mixed reality? If you build applications for Microsoft's headset, up until now, you've had a difficult challenge.

As of today, Microsoft has a solution called "Spectator View." Using a set of instructions from the software giant, developers will be able to build their own camera mounts and software, which allow them to film the HoloLens user experience in a new and compelling way.

8i Raises $27 Million to Create Holo: Holograms for Your Phone

February 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Holographic technology company 8i is announcing today that it has raised a $27 million series B round of fundraising for the development of new products including its new smartphone hologram program: Holo.

Haptic gloves bring long-distance couples a touch closer

February 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Social media lets us keep in contact with way more people than ever before, but our interaction with most of our Facebook friends is probably limited to the odd "Like" now and then, and a generic happy birthday message once a year. It's easier than ever for long-distance couples to stay connected, but if Skype calls and texting aren't quite enough, the Flex-N-Feel glove, developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University, can help transmit the touch of a hand.

Logitech Announces BRIO - World's First 4K Webcam

February 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Booth number: 11-D111
Logitech's head of Video Collaboration, Scott Wharton, will be at ISE to announce Logitech's newest webcam. The most advanced of its type in the market and packed with industry firsts, the new device will deliver the highest quality video experience available, making it an ideal solution for scenarios where high picture quality could make a critical difference, e.g. telemedicine or collaboration on engineering projects; as well as acting as a powerhouse for business and home-office users. And for folks that like to stream video or broadcast live, there's no better option.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland & NEWARK, Calif. - Feb. 7, 2017 - Today, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced its most sophisticated webcam yet, Logitech® BRIO 4K Pro Webcam. Delivering the highest quality desktop video experience available today, BRIO is a powerhouse webcam for business and home-office users, streamers, YouTubers, vloggers, and anyone else looking for a top-of-the-line webcam. BRIO comes packed with industry firsts including Logitech RightLightTM 3 with HDR, 4K ultra HD video quality, and 5X zoom, plus support for Windows Hello and other secure infrared-based facial recognition applications.

Logitech BRIO Presentation by Telepresence Options on Scribd

What is New and Cool in Visual Collaboration @ ISE 2017

February 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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The Telepresence Options Show Guide

Integrated Systems Europe is taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 7-10 February 2017 and is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors to more than 1,100 exhibitors. Telepresence Options has the scoop on the latest and greatest in visual collaboration at the show in a handy printable guide with everything from a show floor map to where you can find free coffee and wi-fi (Hint: The Ashton Bentley / Array Telepresence Booth P400 in Hall 14).

Download and Print the PDF version with a Show Floor Map Here: Visual_Collaboration_at_ISE_2017_Printable.pdf

Ashton Bentley to Launch the Meeting Room of the Future at ISE

February 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Ashton Bentley, the meeting room technology specialist, today announces the launch of its new range of "out-of-the-box" modern and sleek presentation and video conference systems based upon its revolutionary wave OS operating system. The solution is driven by users' desire to mirror the communication methods they use in their private lives into their day-to-day business meetings as well. The company will be unveiling a new range of integrated audio-visual room systems with Wave OS at Integrated Systems Europe 2017 on booth P400 in hall 14.

Polycom's new immersive telepresence room: The Immersive Studio Flex and the new EagleEye Director II

February 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Polycom Immersive Studio Flex

In a world of video meetings, "Good enough is not good enough" -- a reminder from Michael Frendo, EVP of worldwide engineering at Polycom, in explaining the motivation behind the company's two latest video conferencing products: Immersive Studio Flex and EagleEye Director II.

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Polycom EagleEye Director II

With the products, introduced today, Polycom aims to improve the meeting room experience for in-room and virtual participants, Frendo told me in a phone briefing.

Array Telepresence & Ashton Bentley Debut Cost-Effective Immersive Telepresence at ISE 2017

January 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Ashton Bentley has developed a camera mount and table for Array Telepresence that improves the eye-line to perfect vertical and allows most videoconferencing systems to send a dual-screen immersive scene even if the other location doesn't have Array or Ashton Bentley's tech

Ashton Bentley, who simplifies and improves videoconferencing and telepresence deployments with integrated displays, installed audio and remote management, will be showing off a complete solution for high-quality, low-cost immersive telepresence with Array Telepresence at ISE 2017. The solution combines the Ashton Bentley two70, a front system with dual 70inch displays, installed audio, and remote managment that color-codes everything and assembles in under an hour without even requiring a screwdriver, and the brand new Array Table for 8 which is optimized for Array's DX Camera and Image Processor. The solution will be on-display at Ashton Bentley's stand at ISE 2017. Stand M-200 in Hall 14. Array Telepresence will be holding a demonstration event for those who can't make ISE the week of February 20th-24th where they can call any videoconferencing system and demonstrate their immersive experience.

Intellectual Ventures spinoff Xinova and Aetho join forces on tools for virtual and augmented reality

January 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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A Seattle-based invention factory called Xinova has made a deal to collaborate with Aetho, a San Francisco-based venture, on new technologies in augmented reality and virtual reaility.

Cisco rolls out Spark Board, all-in-one cloud-connected digital whiteboard

January 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Corporate conference rooms are filled with collaboration tools that often fall just short of people's needs and expectations. The speaker phone is often hard to hear, and the projector has to be wheeled in from another room. The whiteboard is a simple tool, but there's no way to transfer information off of the board, aside from snapping a picture of it.

Cisco is trying to solve this problem with the Spark Board, an "all-in-one" digital whiteboard that serves as a projector, whiteboard, and audio-video conferencing tool. The new device is 100 percent cloud-connected, built on an updated Cisco Spark platform. It's the first video-capable device that Cisco has shipped that's only connected to the cloud.

HoloLamp: Portable, projector-based, glasses-free Augmented Reality

January 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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You could say that CES 2016 was the year of VR, but at CES 2017, it may be AR's time to shine.

This year at the big show, augmented reality moves from a futuristic idea towards a tangible consumer product. Microsoft started selling its Hololens developer kits in 2016, but one of those will set you back $3000. Meta just started shipping Meta 2 developer kits to early customers. The AR HMD's specifications lead us to believe the experience is comparable to Hololens, but with a much wider field of view. Meta pre-sold the dev kits for $949, but after the new year, the company raised the price somewhat.

Zoom video conferencing service raises $100 million from Sequoia on billion-dollar valuation

January 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Zoom, the cloud video conferencing service, announced a $100 million Series D round, entirely funded by Sequoia. The company now boasts a $1 billion valuation, putting it in the vaunted unicorn club.

Australian entrepreneur unveils 'brain-controlled' telepresence robot

January 13, 2017 | Rena Malai

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Aubot founder Marita Cheng: Users say that the experience is 100 per cent better than they expected

A $200 off-the-shelf brain control interface is being used to power an Australian-developed telepresence robot that allows people with limited upper limb mobility to attend work or school remotely.

Created by Melbourne-based company Aubot, the brain-controlled telepresence robot dubbed 'Teleport' uses the MindWave mind control interface to track the focus of a user's brain. Once a person concentrates over a certain threshold, the robot moves.

WR Predictions for 2017

January 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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WR's annual predictions are brought to you with the same confidence level as last year's. Our acceptable margins for error are now about the same as those for the pollsters who got the U.S. election and Brexit predictions wrong.

Relive Your Best Memories in AR/VR With Owlii's Volumetric 3D Telepresence

January 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Have you ever been in the middle of an experience and thought "I wish I could preserve this moment forever?" Currently what you'll do is pull out your phone and snap a few pictures for the various snaps and grams available to you online. But what if you could bottle that moment exactly as it happened in three dimensions and play it back at your convenience? What if you could stand next to your daughter on the alter at her wedding anytime "Butterfly Kisses" comes on the radio? What if you never had to miss a first step, first word or little league game ever again? What if you had Owlii.

Suitable Technologies Unveils an Upgraded version of their Beam Telepresence Robot

January 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Suitable Technologies, Inc., creator of Beam and BeamProTM remote presence systems popular with many Fortune 500 companies, announced an upgraded Beam -- a more powerful version of the entry-level Beam device. With two dual-band Wi-Fi radios, up to 8 hours of battery life, enhanced speed and additional administrative controls, it's perfect for bringing remote teams together. This new Beam will serve as a mid-level product offering for enterprise customers.

OPCOM introduces PanoDome 360 - a 360 degree videoconferencing camera and microphone array

January 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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OPCOM  introduced its PanoDome 360, a video conferencing product featuring an 8-megapixel resolution sensor with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for optimized wide-angle 200-degree panoramic views, as well as a 360-degree surrounding view without blind spots, the PanoDome 360 easily connects to PC-based video conferencing systems to deliver a cutting-edge portable communication solution. The product also features a 360-degree three-microphone audio input and built-in 5-watt speaker for optimal sound as well as picture-in-picture viewing for remote participation during presentations.

Osterhout Design Group launches new smart glasses as company bridges consumer, industrial applications

January 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Osterhout Design Group recently raised $58 million with a plan to expand its smart glasses and augmented reality footprint from government and enterprise customers to consumers. At the Consumer Electronics Show, ODG made good on its expansion plans as it unveiled its R-8 and R-9 smart glasses.

Touch and Collaborate! The Interactive Display Comes Of Age

January 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Yes, the story of interactive displays is a tale of two births and two lifecycles. The first interactive "touch-capable" large displays were born around 1991 when David Martin and Nancy Knowlton released their first interactive product - called a "Smart Board." While this first birth represented a breakthrough, it isn't necessarily the most significant beginning. The second birth event can actually be tracked to 2007 - when Steve Jobs and Apple released the first iPhone. Yes, touch-enabled devices and interactions existed in many forms before that, but the iPhone / iPad marked the beginning of the second significant phase of this product class - because it was the first device that came to market without an instruction booklet. This represented the birth of users' expectations that touch-screens would be intuitive. Those two events ultimately led to the point where we are today - on the precipice of a huge growth cycle (and related hype cycle) of enterprise and classroom interactive displays - now generally referred to as IWBs or EIDs (interactive white boards / electronic interactive displays.) Sadly though, this best of times will invariably lead to its own worst of times conclusion - that despite all the amazing features and functions of IWBs, they're really only useful (and therefore really only well utilized) in a few specific use cases. Hardware prices into the tens of thousands of dollars per unit - either in up-front or ongoing costs - have not been and will not be successful considering this narrow utilization. Thankfully, there are a new breed of devices coming to the space that drastically reduce the required investment per unit. These devices will lead to an ROI model that - for the first time in the IWB space - will be sustainable.

Touch and Go

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First Annual TPO Readership Survey Released

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15 Hot Exhibits You Need to See at InfoComm 2014

June 12, 2014 | Christina Gray

Able-HD Offers Dual Monitor Productivity, On the Go

February 4, 2014 | Christina Gray

Orange Business Services Rolls Out TelePresence

February 10, 2009 | John Serrao

3D Telepresence is Near

December 17, 2008 | John Serrao

Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

November 6, 2008 | John Serrao

FOSE 2008: Mobile Telepresence in the Cisco NERV

April 3, 2008 | John Serrao

Electrosonic Visits the HPL

October 8, 2007 | John Serrao

Telanetix Acquires AccessLine Communications

September 20, 2007 | John Serrao

Q&A: BT conferencing CEO

September 15, 2007 | John Serrao

Industry vet seeks $25M for 'telepresence' venture

January 19, 2007 | John Serrao
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