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Video conferencing helps improve courtroom security

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Justin Faulconer / The News & Advance

In 13 years of presiding over cases that come through Lynchburg General District Court, Judge Ed Burnette has always felt safe behind the bench.

He considers the monitor next to his chair a major reason why.

Doctors' surgeries to offer out-of-hours appointments and Skype checkups

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Rowena Mason / The Guardian

One in 10 surgeries are to offer patients the choice of seeing a GP at evenings and weekends, booking appointments online, receiving electronic prescriptions and having checkups over Skype, David Cameron will say on Monday.

The prime minister unveiled the £50m scheme in October amid fears that too many people are turning up to A&E when they cannot get appointments with their GP, putting too much pressure on emergency departments.

Kubi: Really cool, effective, robotic telepresence

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mark Gibbs / Network World

It's quite common to have remote workers join in a staff meeting but telephone or VoIP connections don't make the experience engaging. Video conferencing using a service such as Skype is a whole lot better but there's a static quality to the interaction. If you want to get a much more engaging presence for remote staff members then you need a Kubi from Revolve Robotics.

Kubi is a robotic stand that holds a pad computer in either landscape or portrait orientation and allows you to pan and tilt it via remote control. So, as different people speak, the remote user connecting via, say, Skype running on the pad, can turn their virtual presence to each speaker in turn (its range is 300° pan and +/- 45° tilt) and as the remote user's image is displayed on the pad there's a more connected feeling than just having a faceless camera. The Kubi also has an internal battery so it can operate unplugged for up to 4 hours (depending on the amount of use).

UC Market Set to Hit $88 Billion

April 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sean Michael Kerner / Enterprise Networking Planet

Infonetics Research is forecasting positive growth trends in the coming years for the Unified Communications (UC) market.

In its 2014 VoIP and UC Services and Subscribers report, Infonetics forecasts that by 2018, VoIP services revenue will hit $88 billion. In contrast, for 2013, Infonetics reported that the global market for VoIP services brought in $68 billion in revenue, an eight percent gain over 2012.

As clients' time gets crunched, video conferencing grows up

April 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Greg Friedman / Investment News

For better or for worse, technology has made it possible for advisers to communicate with clients in many different ways. Time has become one of our clients' most valued currencies, so instead of letters that take days to arrive, we send e-mails that are delivered in milliseconds. The requisite in-person client meeting has also begun to evolve, giving way to more frequent virtual meetings using video conferencing as the medium.

Every firm and their clientele are obviously different, so many of your clients may still prefer the traditional in-person meeting. But the next generation of clients lives within their technology and uses it to its utmost advantage. Why not take advantage of available technology to make sure your clients are getting the most personal attention -- and human interaction -- possible?

Oculus creator: "If you can perfectly simulate reality, why do you need to actually go see people in real life?"

April 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Eddie Makuch / GameSpot

Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift must expand beyond visuals and allow for touch-based human-to-human interaction, creator Palmer Luckey said in a new interview from PAX East in Boston, Mass. All of this is in the way of creative a fully immersive experience that makes you feel like you're really in a "virtual reality," Luckey said.

"[Virtual reality], it can't just be a visual thing. If VR remains a visual only thing, then certainly we'll never replace human touch-based interactions," Luckey said in a group interview captured by Maximum PC. "But for many interactions, it could."

Columbia County seeks grant for 'tele-psychiatry'

April 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Lyn Jerde / Portage Daily Register

If a proposed grant comes through, Columbia County's Health and Human Services Department might someday be able to offer access to a psychiatrist via live interactive videoconferencing.

Access to psychiatric care is one of the challenges identified in a 2013 study of Columbia County's mental health services, commissioned by the County Board and conducted by White Pine Consulting Service of Waupaca.

The Rules of Video Conferencing

April 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Richie Frieman / QDT

Video conferencing is rife with potential manners pitfalls - distraction, snacking, bad hair. Don't make these mistakes! Follow Modern Manners Guy's tips on the rules of polite video conferencing.

Nowadays people are using the internet to communicate in all sorts of rapid ways. From email, to tweets, to Facebook, to video calls, if you want to get a hold of someone a thousand miles away, you can do so in a split second. Many businesses have turned to video conferencing platforms like Skype or Google+ to bring clients, coworkers, and customers who are not in close proximity into the same virtual room.

Entatech signs networking vendor ZTE

April 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dominic Sacco / PCR

Entatech UK Ltd has announced a new distribution agreement with networking manufacturer ZTE Corporation.

ZTE is a provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, with operations in over 160 countries. Its portfolio includes routers, managed wireless, video conferencing and switching products for both B2B and B2C customers.

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

April 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jennifer Lynch / EFF

New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.

EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)--the FBI's massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans.

WebRTC: Collaboration Technology Trend-Setter or a Marketing "Bubble"?

April 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Stanislav Soldatov / TrueConf

WebRTC has been a hot topic in the unified communications industry for several years. For some time now, many people have said that WebRTC technology is a crucial change for the video conferencing market which signals the end of flash-based video conferencing. In our opinion, WebRTC is far more likely to be a "bubble" which may burst under certain market conditions. Today, we will look at this topic from a fresh perspective.

For Microsoft Corporation, Skype Is Serious Business

April 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tim Beyers / The Motley Fool

Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Skype is getting a big upgrade amid threats to both Windows and Office. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains the implications in the following video.

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled Skype TX for professional broadcasters. The idea is to appeal to those in the production business by offering a more robust version of the VoiP platform that Mr. Softy acquired for $8.5 billion in 2011.

Redlands Unified School District finding success with TelePresence classes

April 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sandra Emerson / Redlands Daily Facts

REDLANDS>> Citrus Valley High School students interested in taking Latin have the option to do so, only the class is not offered on their campus.

Through the district's TelePresence program, courses are broadcast from one campus to another -- giving students more options in the classes available to them.

In the world of instant communication, some doctors add Skype to the mix

April 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The Pulse

Some boutique medical practices are offering Skype sessions with doctors as an instant communication bonus to their clients, for a price. And modern communication will likely change how all of us eventually communicate with our doctors. But, some medical experts are concerned that it could be destructive to practicing good medicine.

One boutique startup in Philadelphia trying out this Skype approach is R-Health. For a $79 monthly subscription, the company offers family doctor services, plus some modern accessories.

Op-Ed: Cisco unveils improved video conferencing products

April 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options



Cisco Systems has boosted its videoconferencing lineup with the introduction of several new products in a bid to offer video collaboration solutions for companies and meeting rooms of all sizes.

PCWorld reports Cisco is targeting the surprisingly dysfunctional conference room market by offering improved video conferencing products designed for conference rooms of varying sizes.

NAB: Microsoft Demos TV Applications for Skype TX

April 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable

Microsoft's Skype announced a new Skype TX offering that would streamline the use of Skype video content for news organizations and broadcasters.

News organizations have been using Skype for years, but the new Skype TX product that is being demoed at the Microsoft booth during NAB promises to simplify the process of handling multiple Skype feeds by broadcasters.

How Video Conferencing Delivers Education And Mental Health Care To The Arctic Circle

April 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Willa Black / Cisco Canada

The territory of Nunavut, Canada is incredibly cold and remote. It's roughly a four-hour plane ride north of Toronto, with temperatures well below the freezing mark for eight months of the year, dark in the winter months and light all summer long. The communities in the north face unprecedented challenges. The school dropout rates average around 75 percent by the time students hit Grade 8. There is high incidence of youth mental health problems and suicide - the highest in the world. And yet, there is much hope and potential in this corner of our planet. And a deep, rich Inuit culture and tradition that informs us all as Canadians. When Cisco Canada set out to build a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program for Canada, it didn't take long for us to connect the dots and understand the vital role we could play in bringing much-needed services to our most remote communities.

MantaroBot Classic 2 Telepresence Solution Now Available

April 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by EIN NEWS

GERMANTOWN, MD, USA, April 8, 2014 / -- MantaroBot announces the new MantaroBot Classic 2 that features a Dell™ XPS18 Touch computer with full 18" touchscreen display as the head of the robot to its lineup of telepresence robots. The combination of touchscreen and Windows 8.x make the new MantaroBot very easy to configure and use. The 18" display provides a very lifelike telepresence experience for the local users. The remote user can also share video, media and documents on the large screen allowing interactive displays during meetings in any location.

The Classic 2 provides cost effective telepresence for use in telemedicine, security, education, business and manufacturing applications. The Windows 8.x operating system allows easy integration with corporate IT infrastructure.

Cloud firm RackForce rolls out enterprise cloud video service

April 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Nestor E. Arellano / IT World Canada

Canadian cloud service provider RackForce Networks Inc. has partnered with New York-based video platform software company, Kaltura to offer a secure online video platform for enterprise companies.

In recent years video use in the enterprise has been growing. According to a recent Gartner report video presence in organizations is increasing at rates or around 50 per cent to 200 per cent annually. By 2016, the research firm estimates that companies will stream more than 16 hours of video per worker, per month.

Silver Chain switches on video conferencing to provide remote care

April 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options

Lee Davis_ Silver Chain

Story and images by Hamish Barwick / CIO

Western Australian health provider, Silver Chain has rolled out Samsung tablets with video conferencing software to monitor patients who may be thousands of kilometres from their nearest clinic.

Silver Chain's CIO Lee Davis said the catalyst for the introduction of video conferencing at the not-for-profit organisation was a merger with South Australian health firm RDNS in 2011.

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Focus on the Future

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First Look: Cisco Cius

February 13, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

Eye Ball

January 2, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

iPad face, robot body

December 5, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

3D Research and Application

September 30, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

Polycom Acquires Accordent

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Low-cost Video Chat Robot

February 11, 2011 | Kendal Kirby

New BlackBerry PlayBook

September 29, 2010 | Chris Payatagool

DiData UK Buys Mvision

September 17, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

In The Picture

April 12, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

TelePresence @ Home

February 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

FOXSexpert: Hooking Up to Internet Sex Toys

November 25, 2008 | John Serrao

Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

November 6, 2008 | John Serrao

Home again

September 15, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

War Is Halo

July 28, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

WAN refresh

April 2, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Just shoot me

February 24, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Immersed in Work

February 14, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Presence of mind

January 15, 2008 | Howard Lichtman

Liberate your avatar

December 20, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Samsung: Next HDTV to Offer 8x Better Resolution

December 18, 2007 | John Serrao

Endless Self-Reinvention in Virtual Worlds

November 28, 2007 | John Serrao

It's Telepresence

November 14, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Polycom Steps on the High Definition Gas

October 17, 2007 | John Serrao
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