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Bank of America ATMs offer live tellers on video

March 6, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Scott Goss / Delawareonline

Automated teller machines revolutionized the banking industry in the 1970s by offering customers easy after-hour access to their accounts. But even the now-ubiquitous ATM has its limitations.

Cash, for instance, is only available in specific denominations. Check cashing is not an option. And you can't ask an ATM questions about your balance.

These 'privacy glasses' make you invisible to facial recognition

March 3, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by James Trew / Engadget

You're going out with friends mid-week, and you don't want the boss/significant other/parole officer to find out. But it's a birthday celebration, and Facebook's auto-tagging the pictures your buddies upload like a dirty snitch. The first piece of advice: never "friend" your parole officer. The second? Maybe grab a pair of these "privacy" glasses from software security firm AVG. You, of course, can see my visage above, but AVG claims the technology in the specs means facial recognition software (like that of Facebook) will not.

How does it work? There are a couple of things going on here, but essentially AVG is using infrared LEDs to mess with the filter most cameras use when taking pictures. By futzing the light around your eyes and nose, there's enough damage to the image to prevent facial recognition from figuring out who you are. There's a reflective covering, too, that lights up when a flash is used for similar results.

Dolby dives into virtual reality with Atmos surround sound for VR

February 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Bryan Bishop / The Verge

As the momentum behind virtual reality slowly continues to build we're seeing more traditional movie companies dip their toes into the medium. Today Dolby is announcing a partnership with Jaunt that will bring its Atmos surround sound technology to the world of VR -- and it may turn out that virtual reality is even a better fit for the technology than the movie theaters it was originally designed for.

Jaunt produces short virtual reality movies for the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard, using its own custom camera rig to capture visuals across a near-360-degree field of view. The user then watches the action play out, able to look around anywhere they choose. Their titles, like the Paul McCartney "Live and Let Die" live performance short or the monster movie Kaiju Fury, aren't interactive in the traditional sense but they are immersive, and Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen says sound is vital.

Clary Icon Signs Sales Partnership with Hitachi Solutions Europe

February 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by AVNetwork

Clary Icon, the US-based manufacturer of OneScreen all-in-one video collaboration hubs for barrier-free workflow, has expanded its partnership with Hitachi to now include Hitachi Solutions Europe. Hitachi Solutions Europe will provide full sales and support services to OneScreen customers and resellers, aimed at strong market penetration, sales growth, and customer satisfaction.

"Our partnership with Clary Icon continues to produce substantial growth opportunities for Hitachi's global collaboration business initiative," said Mark Sturges, director of product and services group sales, Hitachi Solutions. "We see a strategic alignment with OneScreen hubware and OneScreen SaaS solutions to deliver best-in-class visual collaboration and the competitive advantages it offers to our customers in Europe."

Rutgers Modern Legal Classroom Uses Telepresence to Connect Multiple Campuses

February 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Rutgers Today

Thanks to a cutting-edge classroom, five Rutgers Law courses are taking place simultaneously this semester in Newark and Camden.

Implemented by Polycom Immersive Telepresence Solutions, a 200-inch high-definition monitor with conference connectivity, studio lighting, and surround sound unites two custom classrooms some 80 miles apart: room 323 in Camden and room 387 in Newark.

The Great SIM Heist How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

February 21, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Intercept

AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world's cellular communications, including both voice and data.

'Unhackable': Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone

February 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by RT

Russia is entering the post-Snowden world with style. Its own anti-surveillance smartphone prototype, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge cybersecurity and intended for corporate users, is currently being tested.

This is not Russia's first foray into smartphones, with the dual-screen YotaPhone making headlines recently with its second incarnation. However, the new project will offer unparalleled, corporate-level securit, when ready. The current version is a prototype and any photos are kept in strict secret.

Cleveland Clinic, Cox Communications form in-home health care venture

February 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Scott Suttell / Crain's Cleveland Business

Cleveland Clinic and broadband and cable television provider Cox Communications on Thursday, Feb. 19, announced they have formed Vivre Health, a venture aimed at developing in-home health care services.

"We are thrilled to be working with such a respected leader in the health care space," said Asheesh Saksena, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Cox Communications, in a news release. "Fueled by access to broadband, we believe the home will be an increasingly important node within the health care delivery architecture, and Vivre Health is uniquely positioned to help drive this transformation."

Video Gets Vertical

February 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Beth Schultz / No Jitter

If you've been looking at enterprise video from a horizontal perspective, then perhaps you ought to shift your view 90 degrees and start thinking vertically.

Enterprise decision points around video historically have been about two distinct cross-company applications: video conferencing and UC integration. While these continue to have a place in the enterprise, increasingly the discussion needs to be about how to enhance a business process with video, said Andrew Davis, senior partner and analyst at Wainhouse Research. "And when we talk about workflow, we're not looking at video horizontally any longer," Andrew told me. "Now it's really about going vertical."

Apple patents virtual reality headset

February 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Alison Morris / MyFoxNY

Tech giant Apple Inc. is getting into the virtual reality world. Apple just obtained a patent for an iPhone-compatible headset. This would be a head-mounted display that could hold an iPhone. Users could then view the content of the phone using the headset.

The filing doesn't specifically mention virtual reality, but it is clear that is where Apple is going. The company applied for this patent seven years ago.

ScienceLogic collects $43 million from Goldman Sachs, other big investors

February 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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David Link, the founder and CEO of ScienceLogic, in a file photo from 2009. (Kevin Clark/The Washington Post).

Story and images by Steven Overly / The Washington Post

Reston-based ScienceLogic has raised $43 million from Goldman Sachs and other big investors, executives announced Thursday, marking the information technology company's fourth and largest infusion of venture capital to date.

Goldman Sachs acted as the deal's lead investor with additional contributions from New Enterprise Associates and Intel Capital. Both NEA and Intel have previously invested in ScienceLogic, which has received venture capital four times since 2010.

Startup Temasys Targets WebRTC for IE and Safari

February 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Tara Seals / WebRTC World

So far, only Google Chrome, Opera and Mozilla Firefox have enjoyed status as webRTC-friendly browsers, offering native support for the HTML5 specification. But Singaporean startup Temasys has released Skylink, a free plugin for OS X and Windows that brings WebRTC to both Apple Safari and Internet Explorer.

"Why on earth would you want to try another browser? Well, there are some pretty compelling reasons," said Matthew Hughes, a software developer, student and writer from Liverpool, England, in a how-to blog. "If you're using Windows 8.1, you might want to use a browser that closely meshes with the look-and-feel of touch-friendly Metro. If you're concerned about blazing-fast browsing, you might want to use Safari, which is drastically faster than Chrome, largely thanks to its phenomenal JavaScript interpreter."

Let your smartphone be your doctor

February 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by iAfrica.com

The iconic black doctor's bag could soon be replaced by the image of a smartphone with two sleek, compact attachments that are hard to identify as a stethoscope and touch-less thermometer.

What's different is that you don't have to be a doctor to obtain it - rather, it functions the doctor, providing guided check-ups on the app using information obtained from the stethoscope and thermometer.

New technique could lead to bigger, cheaper and color-accurate holograms

February 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dario Borghino / Gizmag

Microsoft's recent HoloLens announcement has reignited interest in holographic displays, but the current state of affairs suggests that this technology may still be too expensive and limited to become truly widespread. Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and MIT are bridging the gap with a new important step toward the next generation of high-bandwidth, color-accurate holographic video displays that could span the size of an entire room at one tenth the cost of state of the art devices.

Unlike 3D movies, which render images from the very same angle no matter where you're sitting, holograms change dynamically based on the viewer's angle and position to provide a much more realistic sense of depth. The higher level of immersion has allowed for some memorable performances on stage and could transform the worlds of computer-aided design and communications (think telepresence), but the high cost and limited capabilities of today's holographic displays have been hard to overcome.

Apple Bolsters Security on iMessage, FaceTime Apps

February 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code

Apple has added an extra layer of security to its messaging and videoconferencing applications, offering users an optional two-step verification process.

The bolstered security is designed to prevent third parties from accessing or using an individual's account, even if they know (or guess) the password.

Avizia Plans Big Expansion, Hiring after Raising $4M

February 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Chris Bing / DCInno

Founded by a team of former Cisco Systems executives, Reston, Va.-based Avizia is a developer of video conferencing technologies focused on telemedicine. The fast-growing startup recently secured a $4 million funding raise led by Washington, D.C.-based NextGen Angels, Blue Venture Investors, Middleland Capital and an unnamed firm, Avizia CEO and founder Mike Baird confirmed. Baird told DC Inno that the latest funding round--the company's largest to date--will be used to accelerate development, expand its workforce and explore potential deals similar to December's Emerge.MD merger.

"Our passion is on making solutions that are approachable, simple to use, and user-centric. Everything we do starts with the patient, nurse, or doctor in mind to make it easier for them to deliver quality healthcare. We constantly remind ourselves to keep it personal," Baird told DC Inno.

Video-Enable Users, But What About the Conference Room?

February 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Beth Schultz / NoJitter

Conference room video seems perpetually in a tight spot, stuck in a corporate niche between the high-end teleprsence systems catering to the executive echelon and the quick-and-easy desktop or mobile video apps popular among so many others. But on it lives -- and adapts.

Video endpoint vendors haven't given up on the conference room, despite flat sales. Here's why: Employees are using room-based systems now perhaps more than ever, as we learned from Michael Frendo, executive vice president of worldwide engineering for Polycom, back in December (see 5 Trends to Watch in Video Collaboration). Some Polycom customers, he told us, report usage of their room systems at 80% to 90%.

Samsung to pour $3.6B into OLED display tech

February 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Charlie Osborne / CNET

Samsung is planning to invest $3.6 billion in the manufacturing of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels.

The South Korean electronics giant will make mainly medium and small OLED displays, a Samsung spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

ZTE launches cloud-based video conferencing solution

February 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Express News Service

ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has announced the launch of its new Unified Communication & Collaboration solution (UC&C), a software-based video conferencing technology designed to help enterprises harness the power of mobility.

ZTE's UC&C is an end-to-end solution that delivers cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration services for end users anywhere, anytime, supporting different devices and endpoints including software based MCU (multipoint control units), ET series endpoints, mobile applications and desktop clients. The next-generation UC&C solution, designed for enterprises and operators, was debuted by ZTE at the Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE) exposition in Amsterdam.

Viewing the World Through Pixels is the Future of the Workplace

February 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Lindsey Adler / AV Network

A vacuum in professional computing is the result of the evolution from desktop to laptop to mobile device. John Underkoffler, CEO, Oblong Industries, views the world through pixels as the key to filling that hole, which he shared in his Tuesday Smart Building Conference address: 'The Future of Work - Workplace Collaboration Thrives in the Spatial Operating Environment.'

As an advisor to the oft-exemplified futuristic film "Minority Report," Underkoffler reluctantly shared a clip he musingly hoped was "the last time we have to look at this." He asked the audience to watch it with new eyes. Instead of being wowed by the way ahead of its time gesture technology, something he derided as "not what's important," attendees were asked to look for what was missing.

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3D Research and Application

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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In The Picture

April 12, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

TelePresence @ Home

February 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

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Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

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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

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Presence of mind

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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

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