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Express Yourself in VR with High Fidelity

October 30, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InAVate

His systems utilise motion and infrared sensors to track head and hand movement while a 3D camera logs the facial expression and eye movement of the user.

If Rosedale's name is familiar it's for good reason; he created one of the best-known online virtual worlds, Second Life, which boasts one million regular users.

DigiGone's Telemedicine Videoconferencing Kits...Patient On Ship Says "ahhh" While Doctor On Land Diagnosis

October 30, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Satnews

DigiGone, a communication solution provider specializing in secure video transmission, announced the introduction of new remote telemedicine kits for marine, aviation and land-based applications.

Based on DigiGone's proprietary SecureChat video encryption and compression software, the new DigiMed kits provide real-time teleconferencing with emergency medical service professionals using satellite or terrestrial wireless links, enabling a face-to-face consult between patient and doctor.

255Tbps: World's fastest network could carry all of the internet's traffic on a single fiber

October 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Sebastian Anthony / Extreme Tech

A joint group of researchers from the Netherlands and the US have smashed the world speed record for a fiber network, pushing 255 terabits per second down a single strand of glass fiber. This is equivalent to around 32 terabytes per second -- enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 31.25 microseconds (0.03 milliseconds), or alternatively, the entire contents of your 1TB hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.

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To put 255Tbps into perspective, the fastest single-fiber links in commercial operation top out at 100Gbps, or 2,550 times slower. 255Tbps is mindbogglingly quick; it's greater, by far, than the total capacity of every cable -- hundreds of glass fibers -- currently spanning the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, 255 terabits per second is similar to -- or maybe even more than -- the total sum of all traffic flowing across the internet at peak time.

Wickr, secure messaging startup, aims to power encrypted communications for Facebook and financial transactions

October 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Phil Goldstein / Fierce Wireless

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Wickr, a secure messaging application that encrypts data from end to end and lets users destroy messages they receive, hopes to be the platform that powers similar messaging capabilities for Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Messenger, Snapchat and many other messaging services, according to CEO Nico Sell.

The startup is already moving in that direction and is partnering with No. 3 Mexican operator Iusacell to power the carrier's branded messaging service, Iusacell Messenger, and is preloaded on all of the carrier's new Android phones. In an interview with FierceWireless here at Re/code's Code/Mobile conference, Sell said that Wickr wants to have a multitude of partnerships and wants to license its technology, noting that brands, movie stars and other companies are going to have their own messaging apps going forward.

FaceMe: Video Conferencing that Just Works

October 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Channel

Westcon Imagine 2014 - While communication technology has revolutionised business, it takes the human voice to infuse a deeper meaning.

Leading the way in video collaboration with an intuitive user interface and stunning audio and visual quality across organisations, both large and small, FaceMe is changing video conferencing on a global scale.

This new ultrathin, energy-efficient 3D LCD display technology could be in your future TV or flexible e-book

October 24, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have invented an ultra-thin LCD screen capable of displaying images without a sustained power source and in 3D, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information.

In a traditional liquid crystal display (LCD), liquid crystal molecules are sandwiched between polarized glass plates. Electrodes pass current through the apparatus, influencing the orientation of the liquid crystals inside and manipulating the way they interact with the polarized light. The light and dark sections of the readout display are controlled by the amount of current flowing into them.

Logitech Q2 Results Top Estimates, Backs 2015 Outlook

October 23, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Nasdaq

(RTTNews.com) - Computer interface devices manufacturer Logitech International S.A. ( LOGI ) reported Wednesday a profit for the second quarter that more than doubled from last year, despite a revenue drop, reflecting improved gross and lower expenses.

Adjusted earnings per share and quarterly revenues topped analysts' expectations. Looking ahead, Logitech reaffirmed its sales guidance for the full-year 2015.

Polycom reports profit on lower operating expenses

October 23, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Reuters

Oct 22 (Reuters) - Video-conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc's quarterly profit and revenue beat the average analyst estimate, helped by a drop in expenses following job cuts.

Polycom shares were unchanged in extended trading, after initially rising as much as 7.4 percent, following the release of its results.

IVCi Changes the AV Business Again, This Time with Apps

October 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kirsten Nelson / AV Network

In a quiet corner of the Hauppauge Industrial Park, which with its more than 1,300 companies is the largest such center of innovation on Long Island, and by some metrics, is the second most sizable nationwide, there is a company those in the AV industry may have heard of, called IVCi. Most probably think of it as "that videoconferencing company," and that would be accurate, since when it was founded by Robert Swing nearly 20 years ago, it was one of the first AV enterprises to place at its foundation a business framed around those services.

Having thus built a managed conferencing business that represents 15% of its business, with a 99.99% meeting success rate , IVCi was naturally ahead of the curve on the collaboration trend, rebranding with the tagline "Collaborate Anywhere" last year. IVCi has the hardware chops to support that notion, running a national operation from its New York headquarters, with Full Functionality Testing enabling AV setups to ship from its loading docks and arrive onsite as close to "plug and play" as is technologically possible.

Mitel Networks makes $540 mln offer for Shoretel

October 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Reuters

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Mitel Networks Corp , a provider of internet phone and video-conferencing services, said it offered to buy smaller peer Shoretel Inc for about $540 million.

The company said Shoretel had rejected an earlier proposal and refused to engage with Mitel.

LifeSize Offers Dashboard for Cloud-Based Video Conferencing

October 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

LifeSize Communications in May launched its cloud-based video conferencing offering. Now, the company is giving users a dashboard monitoring system that gives them greater insights into how the software-as-a-service solution is being used and by whom.

LifeSize Cloud was introduced three months after Craig Malloy returned as CEO after two years away from the company, which is a division of Logitech. The solution is designed to offer business-class video collaboration to organizations that is scalable, simple to use and affordable, and will let people participate in conferences wherever they are and on any device.

Rest in Peace, Google Glass: 2012-2014

October 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by John C. Dvorak / PCMag

Whatever happened to all those people wearing Google Glass all over town? Many were all-in on the greatness of the product, wearing Google Glass to video podcasts, TV shows, and events.

Wearers were gung ho and constantly extolled the virtues of Google Glass. I wrote at the time that the entire product was a hoax. Although ridiculed for the column, one year later, in April 2014, articles began to appear about how all the early adopters stopped wearing the glasses because they were useless and led to personal ridicule. But there was more to it than that.

Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

October 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Stuart Turner / Wired

Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014's London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.

"I can't move my body, I can't get out of this wheelchair -- but I can totally fly," he said. "Robots are awesome."

Video Voicemail Aims for Productivity Niche

October 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options
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Story and images by Kachina Shaw / IT Business Edge

Does an unfilled niche exist in the workplace between voicemail, instant messaging, videoconferencing and video chat, and social messaging in its various forms?

The creators of Movy believe they can fill that niche with their mobile video voicemail/messaging app, currently available on Google Play for Android and soon to be available on iTunes for Apple devices.

Highfive Launches and Seeks the Road Not Taken

October 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Andrew Davis / No Jitter

Highfive came out of stealth mode earlier this month with one of the slickest room video conferencing systems we've seen in a long time. The product photo above gives you some sense of its industrial design, but the real story is how the company has integrated product + price + positioning + GoToMarket in a way unlike others who have been in this market.

Skype Revives Qik as a Video Chatting App

October 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Fox Van Allen / Techlicious

Now that my whole family has started using smartphones, we're sending a lot more sound files, photos and videos to each other than ever before. Texting is still ideal in plenty of situations, but we've learned that multimedia tends to be a more efficient and fun way to send information. Getting a short video clip of the dog is a lot more enjoyable than getting a short text about him, right?

If video messaging really is going to be a future trend, then the video conferencing experts at Skype want a piece of that pie. Today, the company is re-introducing Skype Qik, a video-messaging app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. It allows you to communicate with friends - or groups of friends - through the use of recorded clips up to 40 seconds in length.

Samsung Boosts WiFi to Five Times Current Speed

October 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Joshua Sophy / Small Business Trends

Forget about how fast your smartphone's WiFi data transmission is today. You haven't seen anything yet. Samsung says it has developed WiFi data transmission at speeds five times faster than the best devices on the market today. The company expects to start releasing devices with this enhanced data transmission speed as early as next year.

The company says its 60GHz WiFi technology will increase data transfer speeds from 108MB per second today to up around 575MB per second on the new devices expected next year.

Am I Sick? Google Has a Doctor Waiting on Video

October 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Conor Dougherty / The New York Times

The Internet can be a dangerous place to get medical advice. Stomachaches turn into cancer, stress becomes an endocrine tumor. Crack remedies and strange diets abound. Now Google is playing with a new technology that it hopes will help people find more reliable medical information. It's called a doctor.

Google's "Helpouts" product -- a service where people can search for experts and talk to them over video -- is running a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like pink eye and the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The company is working with medical groups including Scripps and One Medical, which are "making their doctors available and have verified their credentials," according to a spokeswoman.

Microsoft continues its quest for the perfect meeting-room bundle

October 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet

Buried in Vanity Fair's thorough recap of how Steve Ballmer was replaced by Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO is an interesting product tidbit.

PCWorld's Mark Hachman zeroed in on it: Microsoft is continuing its pursuit of the ultimate meeting-room app.

HTC's handheld camera poses challenge to GoPro

October 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Leo Kelion / BBC

The RE's cylindrical design includes a sensor that automatically turns the device on when it is picked up and only two button controls.

An app lets wirelessly connected smartphones and tablets stream the footage live and play it back later.

Embrace Video

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options

Shaping a new SMART

September 17, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Focus on the Future

March 2, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

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

March 24, 2011 | 

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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