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Move over Tupac! Life-size holograms set to revolutionize videoconferencing

April 27, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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A Queen's University researcher will soon unveil TeleHuman 2 -- the world's first truly holographic videoconferencing system. TeleHuman2 allows people in different locations to appear before one another in life-size 3D -- as if they were in the same room.

Cisco folds Spark into Webex

April 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Cisco has subsumed Spark, its team collaboration product, into Webex, its online conferencing product. Spark, now called Webex Teams, will henceforth be considered an add-on application for Webex Meetings.

If (Virtual) Reality Feels Almost Right, It's Exactly Wrong

April 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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We can all remember the crisply beveled edges of our cheery-yellow No. 2 pencil, the cool, smooth feel of a chalk-powdered blackboard, the gritty red bricks of the schoolhouse walls. Surely that all wasn't just an illusion?

Plantronics to buy video conferencing gear maker Polycom for $2 billion

March 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Headsets maker Plantronics said on Wednesday it would buy Polycom in a deal valued at $2 billion, two years after the video conferencing equipment maker was acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital.

Ava Robotics Introduces Autonomous Telepresence Robot

March 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Seven years ago, iRobot introduced us to Ava, a sort of tech demonstrator designed to show how robots were capable of doing things like--well, the company wasn't entirely sure, but telepresence was one of the ideas. The robot's autonomous navigation was certainly impressive, and Ava could avoid moving obstacles at the speed of a brisk walk, which wasn't something we'd seen a lot of back in 2011..

In 2012, iRobot announced RP-VITA, a medical telepresence robot based on the Ava platform. And in 2013, iRobot and Cisco collaborated on the Ava 500, a commercial telepresence system with integrated autonomous navigation. We haven't heard too much about it since then, but today a startup called Ava Robotics is coming out of stealth mode to announce its plans to bring the technology behind Ava to market.

XPRIZE's $10 Million Telepresence Robot Challenge Is Not Challenging Enough

March 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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At the South by Southwest festival last week, XPRIZE announced the launch of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, "a four-year global competition to develop real-life avatars." The idea is to bring together many different kinds of remote robotic technologies to create an easy to use, effective, and immersive remote experience. Challenges like these have proved very effective in the past--DARPA in particular has sponsored massive advances in both self-driving cars and humanoid robots.

Vidyo - Analyst Dave Michels' 2018 TalkingPointz Research Note

March 20, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Overview

1.Vidyo, Inc., is a privately held, venture-funded company founded in 2005 that provides software-based visual communications technology, including products and services. Over the years, the company has raised $163 million in funding.

2.Vidyo disrupted the market with both its technical approach to videoconferencing and its embeddable approach to video-enabling applications.

3.Soon after the company launched its development stack, it used its own suite to create an enterprise videoconferencing solution that was competitive with vendors (at the time) such as Cisco, Tandberg, Radvision, and Polycom.

4.Though enterprise videoconferencing remains a viable market, Vidyo recently turned its focus back to developers with a cloud-centric platform approach.

5.VidyoCloud is a platform as a service designed to simplify the deployment and administration associated with video infrastructure. On top of VidyoCloud are three product services: VidyoConnect, VidyoEngage, and vidyo.io.

  • VidyoConnect is an enterprise-grade videoconferencing-as-a-service solution that spans rooms, browsers, and mobile apps. In addition to a pure-cloud model, it supports hybrid deployments.
  • VidyoEngage is a turnkey video-based engagement solution that powers customer/patient interactions. It can be implemented with websites, kiosks, and apps, and includes engagement features such as skills-based routing, queueing, video hold, and post-call surveys.
  • Vidyo.io is a communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offering that provides video APIs and SDKS - related development tools and services for the creation of customized, embedded, video-enabled applications and devices.

Dolby Voice Room Changes the Way You Experience Meetings

March 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Furthering its mission to create spectacular experiences, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced a new and innovative video conferencing solution, Dolby Voice® Room, for huddle rooms and small conference rooms. With the intelligence to flex to the changing needs of the workforce, Dolby Voice Room will bring affordable, simple, and amazing audiovisual experiences to the workplace.

Facebook robots may one day follow you around at home

March 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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That is, if a newly awarded Facebook patent ever becomes a reality.

The company received a patent on Tuesday for a self-balancing robot that's capable of standing on either two or three legs. The concept resembles a telepresence robot, complete with a screen, camera and microphone.

Following HELLO's very successful Kickstarter campaign (1339% funded), Solaborate is launching the new and improved HELLO 2 on Kickstarter, along with HELLO Touch TV, HELLO Creator Edition and 2 Gadget Extensions.

March 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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HELLO 2, like its predecessor, turns any TV into a video communication and collaboration device. HELLO 2 does everything users love about the original even better with Alexa support, home automation (Zigbee), and Android games, and also does digital whiteboarding on the new 4K Touch TV. In addition, Gadgets now make HELLO 2 even more useful.

Israeli Firm Cellebrite Can Now Hack Into Virtually Any Cellphone, Tablet

March 6, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Digital forensics firm Cellebrite - which helped the FBI crack iPhone used by the terrorist in the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, offers "Unlocking & Extraction Services" for several devices, including iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 5 through 11 - and Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, and other devices running the Google OS such as Alcatel, Nexus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, ZTE and more. The service costs as low as $1,500 per device.

5 best encrypted video conferencing software [2018 List]

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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More and more companies are fond of business travel especially when the organizations have more headquarters all over the world. Business travel is a way of bringing employees together to share their ideas. On the other hand, this involves high costs for flights and the meeting spaces.

The disturbing acceptance of Google's new 'smart' camera

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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In the reviews that rolled out recently for Google's new Clips smart camera, there were the rote things that you'd expect in all tech reviews: what was good, what was bad, and, inevitably, whether or not you should buy it. There was, however, a key idea conspicuously absent: whether or not the product should exist at all.

Facebook's body-swapping AI further blurs line between real and fake

February 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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If you thought DeepFakes, the AI that swaps celebrity faces into any video (like porn), was scary wait until you see what Facebook's DensePose can do.

Japan's First Airlines takes passengers on simulated flight to virtual destination

February 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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This one's a trip. Japanese airline-themed restaurant First Airlines, offers visitors a First class flying experience that includes a virtual reality immersive tour of Hawaii, New York, Paris or Rome.

Buffalo Pacific Raises $5M for Community Portal to Deliver Expert Services Via Telepresence

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Troy, Ohio (February 6, 2018) - Buffalo Pacific LLC announced today that it has opened its first Community Portal of its nationwide outreach vision, located in Troy, Ohio. The Troy Community Portal is the world's first telepresence-enabled facility that combines financial, education and health/ wellness services within a single site to provide access to experts around the world using "Holographical RealityTM". This futuristic technology, innovated by Buffalo Pacific and our subsidiary TelePresence Tech, is protected by 13 U.S. patents and one European Union patent and serves as the centerpiece of Buffalo Pacific's Community Portals.

Imverse's groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren't wearing a headset?

Leyard and Planar Announce 0.7mm pitch LED Video Wall - the Industry's Smallest Pixel Pitch

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018, Leyard and Planar, global leaders in visualization products, announced they are expanding their award-winning Leyard® DirectLight® LED Video Wall System product line to include the smallest fine pitch LED video wall display in the industry--a breakthrough pixel pitch of just 0.7 millimeters. The expanded line, which also includes a new 2.5 millimeter pixel pitch option, will be showcased at ISE 2018, along with several industry-leading LED solutions.

Google announces new Hangouts Meet hardware, wider Jamboard availability, and G Suite core service addition

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Google announced a number of changes to its enterprise hardware lineup today: an updated Hangouts Meet conference hardware set for larger rooms, wider distribution and new AI-assisted functionality for its interactive whiteboard-like Jamboard device, and the inclusion of the Jamboard app as a core service in the G Suite.

New VC520+ conferencing system offers plug and play

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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The new VC520+ Professional Video Conferencing System from AVer is being showcased at ISE, along with the announcement of the company's Tri-Protocol support for the Orbit Series SVC100 Endpoint Video Conferencing System.

Touch and Go

January 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

First Annual TPO Readership Survey Released

June 25, 2014 | Christina Gray

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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