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New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

June 23, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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There is a great deal of excitement around virtual reality (VR) headsets that display a computer-simulated world and augmented reality (AR) glasses that overlay computer-generated elements with the real world. Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods. A new type of 3D display could solve this long-standing problem by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.

Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs just launched a robotic video conference camera

June 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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A startup backed by Andy Rubin's Playground incubator and venture capital firm has rolled out a new hardware product, one that addresses the pain points of an unexciting but crucial area of business technology: video conferencing systems.

Owl Labs' new camera, called Owl, is a thermos-shaped, robotic video camera that captures a 360-degree view of a meeting space and automatically shifts its point of focus to show whoever is talking in the meeting. This robotic shifting is supposed to replace the remote controls or awkward manual turning of cameras that happens sometimes during video conference meetings.

Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR?

June 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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WHEN URHO KONTTORI handed me the VR headset, I almost laughed. The founder and CEO of some Finnish company I'd never heard of had just told me he and his team of 19 people had managed to leapfrog virtual reality 20 years into the future--and he gives me an Oculus Rift? "It's just the housing," he said. "We added some things inside." Fine, I thought. You've seen plenty of demos where the reality didn't match the hype. Just do it, then you can go back to the office. So I put the headset on.

Visual Collaboration at InfoComm 2017 - Let's Do Video's Booth Preview

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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This is the second, and final, part of our 2017 InfoComm preview guide. In the first part, we looked at the sessions. Now, we'll preview what some of the industry's leading vendors plan on displaying at this year's show. There are far too many vendors to possibly cover them all, but we hope this list will be a good start for you.

InFocus Expands ConX Offering With New Mondopad Flex, Bringing Boardroom Video Conferencing and Collaboration into Offices and Huddle Spaces

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InFocus Corporation (www.infocus.com) today announces its new Mondopad Flex video collaboration system. The system features two 40-inch HD projected-capacitive touchscreens that deliver integrated video conferencing, interactive whiteboarding, presentation, annotation, and data sharing for seamless collaboration in executive offices, huddle spaces or any challenging install that requires flexibility in screen configuration. The displays can be mounted end-to-end in a horizontal array to provide a wide, cinematic presentation of shared content and video conferencing participants or mounted one above the other where wall space is limited. Easy to use directly out of the box, the feature-rich Mondopad Flex offers sleek design, bright HD displays, and the most intuitive multi-touch capabilities for any office or collaborative environment.

"There's nothing more valuable than people working together. Businesses, public agencies, and schools recognize the power of video conferencing and full-spectrum collaboration with remote colleagues and are deploying it throughout their organizations," said InFocus CEO Mark Housley. "With Mondopad Flex we've created a flexible, affordable way to extend the power of conferencing and collaboration beyond the conference room -- into offices and huddle rooms -- without compromising image quality or functionality."

Logitech MeetUp Conference Camera Targets Huddle Rooms

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Not all conference cameras are created equally - and very few are created for huddle rooms. That's a mistake, according to Logitech, since small meeting spaces represent a fast-growing segment for customers and for integration firms to address. That's why Logitech Meetup Conference camera, unveiled at InfoComm 2017, is specifically designed for huddle rooms.

Polycom Introduces Polycom® Pano™ - The Easiest Way to Share Content at Work

June 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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The new Polycom Pano is the easiest way to share content in a business meeting and can share up to four streams of simultaneous content side-by-side, from any device, without the hassle of juggling cables, pucks or dongles. (Photo: Business Wire)

Polycom, Inc., an industry leader in enterprise grade business communication solutions, today introduced Polycom® Pano™, the easiest way to share content at work. Now anyone in a business meeting can share up to four streams of simultaneous content side-by-side, from any device, without the hassle of juggling cables, pucks or dongles.

Computer vision enables new whiteboard sharing software for video conferencing

June 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Panoramic imaging company Altia Systems has partnered with Intel to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer vision software that detects content on an existing whiteboard and displays it as an individual screen within a video conference.

Kino-mo's Hypervsn puts a different spin on holographic displays

June 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Marketers are always on the lookout for the latest way to grab a potential customer's attention - something that's not easy in our sensory-overloaded, distraction-laden world. But London-based tech startup, Kino-mo, had no trouble turning heads at CES again this year with its latest Hypervsn "holographic" display technology, which took second place at Showstoppers LaunchIt.

Microsoft Overhauls Skype to Compete With Snapchat and iMessage

June 1, 2017 | Ana Perez

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Microsoft Corp.'s Skype helped pioneer modern video conferencing and instant messaging. But its power has taken a backseat in recent years to the convenience of communicating via nearly ubiquitous social networking applications like Snap Inc.'s Snapchat and Apple Inc.'s iMessage.

Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

May 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro--no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration--and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that's about all it does: those hoping for forward-looking features such as USB Type-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity will have to continue to look elsewhere.

Oculus Research Reveals "Groundbreaking" Focal Surface Display

May 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Oculus Research, the VR and AR R&D division of the company, today announced a new display technology that they're calling the "Focal Surface Display." The display aims to improve the vergence-accommodation conflict that plagues today's VR headsets. The company calls the work "groundbreaking."

Beyond the Board: Interactive Whiteboards Go Mobile

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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A recent report published by market research firm Technavio predicts that the interactive whiteboard market will grow by just over six percent by 2020. But in the age of BYOD, what can these systems really offer to those working in collaborative environments in education or the enterprise?

Amazon unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you. Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen that is the newest addition to its Alexa-powered Echo range of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands.

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NVIDIA Announces Holodeck Collaborative VR Project

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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NVIDIA has taken the wraps off their newest VR project, called Holodeck, which is aimed at hyper-fidelity and collaborative use. Holodeck is built upon a modified version of Unreal Engine 4, along with NVIDIA's own GameWorks, VRWorks, and DesignWorks softwares. The main draw of the program is that users can import ultra high-fidelity, photorealistic 3D content, then explore it collaboratively in VR, or send it to others for them to check out. The various NVIDIA technologies on board and the enhanced Unreal Engine 4 backend allow for not only high-fidelity content display, but also high-level physics simulation and other functions. The fact that it's based on Unreal Engine 4 makes it almost as extensible and flexible, if not just as much, as the original version. This means that Holodeck has a near infinite number of uses, and is essentially an evolution of the usual VR platform.

Alumni from iRobot and HubSpot Launch Owl Labs to build auto-focus vtc camera and Announce $6M Series A Funding

May 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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BOSTON - May 9, 2017 - Today Owl Labs comes out of stealth and announces a $6M Series A financing led by Matrix Partners. Founded by CEO Max Makeev and CTO Mark Schnittman, both formerly of iRobot, the company is building an IoT video conferencing hardware product promising the inclusive meeting experience remote employees need and deserve.

Owlii is changing the way of communication by recording your movements in 3D hologram

May 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Much of VR content is formed by filming and preserving 360 views. Some viewers confess being stuck in the middle and being exposed to 360-degree view out of context. Owlii, a startup founded by Tsinghua PhDs in 2016, aims to best preserve people as real as possible in virtual reality, helping users to record their memories.

Enterprise communications platform Fuze raises $30 million bringing total raise to $134 million

May 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Fuze, an enterprise-focused cloud communications company, has raised another $30 million, closing its Series E round of funding at a whopping $134 million.

Why 4K makes sense for videoconferencing

May 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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In the past few years, 4K video has rapidly moved from concept to everyday consumer electronics. It's now common to find 4K screens on televisions, computer displays, and smartphones. Consumers get their 4K content from new cameras and even Netflix. But, does 4K have a place in your video-ready conference room?

This gadget lets you play fetch with your dog even when you're at work

April 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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The only one in the world who loves playing fetch more than you is your pupper.

And sure, the novelty might wear off more quickly for you than them, but nothing beats the look on that face when they're waiting for that ball to get thrown.

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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