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You Can Ban a Person, But What About Their Hologram?

March 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by SingularityHub

If you think augmented reality is only fun and games, consider that we've already witnessed the first known police action taken against hologram technology. During the summer of 2015, a performance by controversial gangster-rapper, Keith Cozart, was shut down when local police discovered the musician was broadcast as a hologram into a benefit concert in Indiana-close to the border of his home state of Illinois. Cozart, who goes by the stage name "Chief Keef," is from a rough neighborhood in Chicago, and has ties to local gangs as well as a criminal record including felony gun charges. His music, which glamorizes a gang lifestyle and violence, has prompted public officials-including Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel-to pressure music festivals to avoid inviting Cozart because they say it poses a "significant public safety risk." Due to outstanding warrants for his arrest, Cozart can't even return to Chicago, and so unable to perform in the area, he took the innovative approach of performing from California, but as a hologram beamed into the Indiana music festival. But even that was too much for police, and the performance was immediately stopped.

Virtual reality in the workplace: Fact or fiction

March 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ITProPortal

In recent years, virtual reality (VR) has captivated our imagination, filling the minds of the masses with potential use cases that seemed straight out of the pages of science fiction films.    

While you may instantly think of gaming and entertainment in association with VR, it has tremendous promise for corporate innovation and the workplace of the future. Virtual Reality technology is steadily becoming one of the most sought after pieces of technology that could change the way we host conference calls, present information and collaborate with each other.   

Top 15 Discoveries & Implications of Wikileaks CIA Vault 7 - So Far

March 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Vault 7 has been the subject of a curious and cryptic set of tweets from Wikileaks over the course of the past month or so. Now we know why. In bombshell news, in the greatest leak in Wikileaks history, in the greatest leak in CIA history, a total of 8,761 documents has been released in a series that has been dubbed Vault 7. Even for seasoned conspiracy researchers, the documents are fascinating and horrible at the same time. It confirms the suspicions and knowledge of many investigators. Now we have the proof to substantiate our hunches and intuition. The CIA has been caught with its pants down: spying on its citizens, bypassing encryption to steal their messages, hacking into their electronic devices to listen on their conversations, using US consulates abroad to conduct spying operations, remotely hacking into vehicles (to perform undetectable assassinations) and much more.

Some will be shocked, but really, let's remember the true nature and purpose of the CIA: a rogue agency that overthrows foreign leaders, install puppet regimes, imports drugs, runs guns and assassinates anyone who gets in the way of its agenda, including US presidents. Wikileaks has stated that it has only released less than 1% of its Vault 7 series, so this is literally the tip of the iceberg. Imagine what else is to come ...

19 Huddle Room Solutions Enhancing the Modern Workplace

March 16, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Commercial Integrator

Perhaps it's Millennials' familiarity with technology ... maybe it's the result of an economy that's purring along with an unemployment rate of less than 5 percent (as of press time) filling up office spaces. Maybe it's a combination of several things, but whatever the reason, corporate America is embracing technology and specifically huddle spaces.

Backboned by networking technologies that enable high-speed connectivity for the unbuffered streaming of quality video, audio and graphics, today's huddle room spaces support small groups of employees to efficiently collaborate.

Skype beta on iOS and Android adds in-call and message reactions, new find panel, more

March 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by 9to5Google

Microsoft today announced that it's bringing a few new features to users enrolled in the Skype Insider program on iOS and Android. In a blog post, Microsoft previewed new features including a built-in camera, in-call reactions, messaging reactions, and more.

The first new feature coming with Skype 8.0 is an integrated camera. With this feature, you can quickly swipe to the to the left from a messaging thread to take a picture of something notable. From there, you can add emoticons, stickers, and annotations to the picture before sending it to whoever you're messaging.

tvONE CORIOmaster drives 16K videowall

March 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by AV Magazine

The mini video wall processor drives the spectacular video wall in the foyer of the Oculus teaching and learning building.

Visitors are greeted by a stunning four-screen vision with a range of art displays, timetables of upcoming activity in the building and live-streams of lectures and other events in the main lecture theatres, as well as acting as the 'building dashboard'.

Google gives Hangouts a Slack makeover

March 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by CloudPro

Google has modified its Hangouts collaboration tool, splitting it into two separate offerings in order to address the changing needs of the enterprise.

Hangouts Chat goes head-to-head with Slack, with its collaborative messaging capabilities. It uses the basis of Hangouts' IM, but takes teamwork to the next level, with team chat using virtual rooms. Conversations take a threaded format, meaning any talking points can be easily tracked from the same place, rather than having to jump around to find messages.

Telepresence robots give distance students their own seat at the table

March 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ISPR

John Bell is Director of the CEPSE/COE Design Studio and professor of educational technology in the educational psychology and educational technology PhD program at Michigan State University. His current research interests also include idea-based teaching and learning using technology and collaboratively embodied content.

Distance learning, or distance education, where students take online courses or attend classes virtually, is on the rise. More than one in four students (28 percent) now take at least one distance education course, according to a recent study conducted and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium.

Ingram Micro signs on to distribute Polycom in Australia

March 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by CRN

Polycom has added Ingram Micro to its lineup of Australian distributors in an effort to expand its line of cloud-based solutions.

The unified communications vendor specifically mentioned its partnership with Microsoft, which Polycom partners with on solutions for Skype for Business, Office 365, SharePoint and Exchange. Microsoft has distribution relationships with almost all of the major distributors in Australia, including Ingram.

Japanese company's answer to Amazon Echo: Anime holograms with 'comforting' personalities for the lonely

March 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by ISPR

Gatebox is [a] new holographic home assistant that's similar to the Amazon Echo's Alexa, only more anthropomorphic--and creepier. Made by the Japanese company Vinclu Inc, the device is a transparent, voice-activated cylinder that displays a tiny holographic character named Azuma Hikari (presumably, other characters can be added later). Pre-orders for a limited production run of 300 units began today on Gatebox's website.

Hikari was created to be a "comforting character that is great for those living alone." The purpose of this cutesy anime character, blue hair, mini skirt, knee high socks and all, is to "do all she can just for the owner"--also referred to as "master." It seems designed specifically to appeal to lonely bachelors.

LogMeIn expects $1B in sales in 2017 -- and investors are loving it

March 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Boston Business Journal

LogMeIn Inc.'s stock price got a boost Wednesday morning after the cloud connectivity company announced a $700 million capital return plan and projected that revenue could hit $1 billion in 2017 thanks to the recently completed merger with Citrix's GoTo business.

The company's shares rose 7 percent as of mid-morning Wednesday to $98.20. Shares have been on a tear over the past 12 months, rising 87 percent over that time.

Array Telepresence - Demo Week February 20th-24th

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options

The Array Telepresence Demo - Seeing is Believing


Enterprise Collaboration Pros VIP Demo Week - February 20th-24th, 2017


C-Level/VP/Director/Manager-level IT professionals responsible for enterprise collaboration, telepresence, and/or videoconferencing.


System Integrators interested in delighting their enterprise clients with immersive telepresence experiences.



A 30-minute demonstration over videoconferencing of Equal-i and Q&A with the Array Telepresence team including:

Array_DX_LinkedIn-700.jpgImmersive Everywhere - Our capability where an Equal-i site can send our dual-screen immersive view to a regular dual-screen videoconferencing end-point. We will also demonstrate switching between dual-screen immersive and "Video+Content". From an Enterprise standpoint Immersive Everywhere provides the ability to improve the way executives look when presenting by video and delivers a WOW! when connecting with partners, vendors, and customers.

Global Presence Alliance (GPA) Inks Major Deals

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Ira M. Weinstein / Wainhouse Research

For large enterprises, the selection, deployment, and ongoing management of a global communication environment is incredibly challenging. The expectation is clear - allow anyone, at any time, on any device, and using any network, to reach anyone - quickly, easily, and reliably. Seems simple enough - right?

In hopes of taming this beast, many organizations have defined standards for AV system designs, user interfaces, communication platforms, and more. And some have entered strategic agreements with key suppliers in hopes of simplifying technology procurement and support. But along the way, many customers have discovered how difficult it is to find a truly global AV integrator and AV support team.

Face to Face: Using Videoconferencing to Create a Shared Virtual Space for Students

February 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by EdSurge

Colleges have long linked classrooms via videoconferencing. But when two theater professors in different countries wanted to collaborate, they decided to make a video link with a little more depth.

The project began when Tiina Syrjä, a lecturer in voice and speech at the University of Tampere, in Finland, met an administrator from Coventry University, in Britain, and they decided to organize a collaborative long-distance theater seminar. Coventry University sent Tom Gorman, a senior theater lecturer, to Finland to come up with a plan. Mikko Kanninen, senior lecturer of acting at the University of Tampere, joined the planning committee.

Virtual reality industry 'in need of a jump-start,' Imax CEO says at new VR center

February 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

Imax_VR_Experience_Centre .jpg

Story and images by Los Angeles Times

Richard Gelfond, chief executive of big-screen company Imax Corp., unveiled his new virtual reality center Tuesday with a bullish plan to turn the nascent VR industry into a mainstream art form just like movies and video games.

It won't be easy. The VR business, Gelfond said, remains stuck in its early stages for now and badly needs a "jump-start."

Is Snap Inc. Building a Wearable Face Recognition Device for the NSA?

February 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Hacker Noon

Last week, Evan Spiegel of Snap Inc. unveiled his first hardware product Spectacles to a few journalists. Wall Street Journal author Seth Stevenson recalls how Spiegel invited him into "a small conference room" where he "draped a towel over a mysterious object sitting on a table" calling Spiegel "eager to the point of jitters".

Perhaps "eager" isn't the right adjective.

Embedding video into apps streamlines communications

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by TechTarget

I was in a meeting the other day when a colleague received a FaceTime request from her daughter. Video communications like this have moved from futuristic to routine, both at work and at home. However, this trend of embedding video into applications is still mostly true for the consumer world.

I am not talking about video conferencing. We don't have video conferences with support agents. I'm talking about visual interactions using apps, websites and even devices. Unfortunately, the business world still thinks video is for executives.

KioWare releases KioCall, a remote video connect app for use with KioWare kiosks

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Digital Signage Today

Analytical Design Solutions Inc. has released KioCall, a new video conferencing product specifically for use on kiosks running KioWare for Windows kiosk software, according to a press release. Additionally, a new version of KioWare for Windows has been released, supporting the new KioCall video conferencing application for kiosk to kiosk-or kiosk to call center-video conferencing.

KioWare kiosk software products lock down a device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications. The new KioCall video conferencing app allows kiosk users to initiate or receive video chats with another kiosk, desktop user or group.

Intel Extends Videoconferencing Experience

February 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by IT Business Edge

The most costly time that most organizations spend usually occurs in a conference room. The collective salaries of those present on an hourly basis are usually considerable. For that reason alone, it makes sense to make sure that time is as optimally spent as possible.

To enable that to happen, Intel has been making the case for Intel Unite, high-definition video conferencing software that gets deployed on a hub based on Intel processors. Today, Intel announced it is making available Intel Unite client software for both Apple iPad and Android tablets alongside existing support for PCs running Windows and Apple MacOS. In addition, Intel has added a telemetry module that makes it simpler to track usage of hubs and their actual locations in an office complex.

European debut for Mondopad Ultra

February 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Installation

A new line of giant collaboration touchscreens, InFocus's Mondopad Ultra, is on show for the first time in Europe at ISE 2017.

The touch-enabled screen combines an HD videoconferencing system, an interactive whiteboard, a 4K presentation screen, audio conferencing, and a powerful PC.

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Focus on the Future

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First Look: Cisco Cius

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Eye Ball

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iPad face, robot body

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3D Research and Application

September 30, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

Polycom Acquires Accordent

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Low-cost Video Chat Robot

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New BlackBerry PlayBook

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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In The Picture

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