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Creating a Virtual Reality Office Building for Telecommuters

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

"As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today,
Oh, how I wish he'd go away."

So begins Antigonish, a century-old poem by William Hughes Mearns, which presciently depicts the anguish of having to make small talk every morning with that annoying guy in your virtual office.

Object Theory releases Prism, a HoloLens collaborative experience

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by On MSFT

Object Theory, the world's first HoloLens company, and member of Microsoft's Mixed Reality Partner Program, announced today the release of Prism, a HoloLens collaborative experience. Also a core part of Microsoft's Alex Kipman's vision for HoloLens, Prism represents a step forward in collaborative computing since it is an avatar based holographic telepresence application.

TECH WATCH: Microsoft Opens World's First Hologram Capture Studio

November 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by CommsTrader

Be it Princess Leia's opening plea to kick-start the Star Wars saga, or the sarcastic snipes of Red Dwarf's affable Arnold Judas Rimmer, the use of holograms has long since been associated with the dazzling world of science fiction - until now.

At the backend of October, Microsoft (who else) announced the launch of their first Mixed Reality Capture Studios in London and San Francisco, giving developers the chance to enter the realm of virtual reality and create holograms from real life objects.

LifeSize Icon 450 Review

November 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Commtrader

In the early days of video conferencing, simplicity was a distant dream. The hardware required to add multi-user video communication to a meeting room was expensive and complicated. It would take engineers from the vendor to come in to install and configure it. Before meetings, it would often fall to IT technicians to set up the equipment and make sure it was working properly.

All in all, video conferencing systems were hardly very agile. As cloud-based video apps arrived which allow people to make one-to-one video calls from their mobile at the push of a button, this only stuck out more and more.

Make your company a video powerhouse with these 6 tools

November 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechRepublic

Video, whether it is used for conferencing or content creation, is seeing increased enterprise adoption, and for good reason.

While 93% of workers say they prefer face-to-face communication over video conferencing, according to research from Tsheets, that isn't always possible. Remote workers say their top obstacle is staying connected to homebase. When face-to-face isn't realistic or is too costly, video conferencing performs 30% better than audio-only setups, according to recent research from Owl Labs.

Improving VP9 Without Changing It - Part 2

November 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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In this three part blog series, we are covering VP9, scalability, and Vidyo's new, higher performance VP9 codec. In part 1, we discussed temporal scalability; today we'll dive into spatial scalability.

Improving VP9 Without Changing It - Part 1

November 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Alex Eleftheriadis / Vidyo

Vidyo recently announced its own codec implementation of scalable VP9, with significant performance and efficiency improvements compared to the WebM open-source VP9 codec implementation, especially on mobile devices. Additionally, Vidyo's VP9 codec maintains full compatibility with WebRTC and any application that uses the WebM VP9 codec, including Google's Chrome browser. In this three-part blog series, I will explain in more detail the specifics and benefits of this exciting new design. But, before doing that, it is important to first understand the background and context of VP9, scalability and video codecs in general.

The VP9 video codec became available for the first time in the Google Chrome browser in late 2015, when Chrome 48 was released. Although WebRTC famously requires that both VP8 and H.264 are supported in a browser, VP9 introduced an open source and purportedly royalty-free alternative that outperformed both H.264 and, of course, the much older VP8. In a blog post in December 2015, I summarized the history of VP9's development in the context of WebRTC and Google+ Hangouts.

Microsoft Spotlights New Skype Systems from Hardware Partners

November 1, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Redmond Channel Partner

Microsoft recently touted its hardware partners' efforts around Skype Room Systems (SRS), even as the Skype for Business platform itself is in flux.

SRS products are meeting-room consoles offered by hardware partners that integrate with Microsoft's Skype for Business unified communications service, offering voice-over-IP, messaging, presence and videoconferencing capabilities.

The Latest Version of VC Mobile by Yealink

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by CommsTrader

Yealink, one of the world's leading providers in Unified Communications terminals, recently delighted its vendors and customers by announcing the latest version of the Yealink VC Mobile solution. VC Mobile is a powerful, feature-rich, and simple-to-use application for collaboration which is designed to deliver a dependable one-stop service for mobile and remote-workers who want to access incredibly quality video conferencing experiences on the go, using tablets or mobiles.

The Yealink VC Mobile application is designed to adapt automatically to the device that you're using, which means that you can access an incredible experience wherever you, and whatever technology you choose. Already a popular option for companies with dispersed mobile workers, VC Mobile offers up to 8% packet loss resistance, and simple, adaptable connectivity.

Cisco buys Maryland-based BroadSoft for $1.9 billion

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Washington Post

BroadSoft, the Gaithersburg, Md.-based company that handles the cloud-based software used to manage call conferencing, announced Monday that it is being sold to California-based telecommunications giant Cisco as both companies seek to harness the changes brought by cloud computing.

The $1.9 billion deal represents a 2 percent premium over Friday's closing stock price. The transaction is scheduled to close in the first half of 2018. The offer price is more than 25 percent higher than where BroadSoft shares were trading before Reuters reported Aug. 30 that the company was exploring a potential sale.

Frost & Sullivan: Conferencing & Collaboration Outlook

October 30, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

We have just completed Frost & Sullivan's 2017 study on the North American conferencing and collaboration services market, with more than 25 participating providers sharing their insights on an ever-evolving space.

Frost & Sullivan found that the North American conferencing and collaboration services market earned revenues of $5.0 billion in 2016, growing at 4.9% from 2015. Audio conferencing accounted for 48% of the market, cloud-based Web and video conferencing 44.3%, and managed video conferencing services 7.7%, by revenue share. These proportions are expected to significantly change by 2023, with cloud-based Web and video conferencing services representing 67% of the total conferencing services revenue.

Skype Wins at the Technical Emmy Awards 2017 for Interactive TV App

October 19, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

What do Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Hamm, Orange Is the New Black, and Skype have in common?

If you said they're all Emmy winners, then you probably read the title to this post. That big hint aside, Skype hardly seems the kind of service that would win a television award. After all, it doesn't even stream media content.

Barrick Strikes Gold with Interactive Prysm Video Wall for Executive Team

October 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Sign Media

Advanced, a digital signage integrator headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., has designed and installed a Prysm Visual Workplace display system for Barrick, a global mining company headquartered in Toronto.

The system streamlines remote communication and content sharing for the company's weekly video conferencing meetings, which involve 40 senior executives and miners stationed around the world. Advanced installed an interactive 10.4 x 1.5-m (34 x 5-ft) video wall (pictured, top, left), comprising 76 Prysm tiles, at the front of a newly built conference room, with a custom 'skin' to match the surrounding decor.

Video Conferencing/AV Channel Consolidation on the Rise

October 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

At Wainhouse Research, we've noted increasing pressure on the channel caused by a combination of changing user expectations, ongoing price and margin reductions, and increased competition from existing and new market entrants. We've expected consolidation within the channel for quite a while, yet it's been slow to come - until recently.

Just this week, top player AVI-SPL picked up the pace with its acquisition of Canadian integration firm Sharp's Audio Visual, which is headquartered in Calgary with eight locations across six provinces.

Software Startup Vidyo Brings In $9.4 Million

October 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by NewsCenter.io

According to a recent SEC filing, Vidyo has raised $9.4 million in financing from an undisclosed investor.

Vidyo delivers high quality cloud video conferencing service, on-premises solutions and platform-as-a-service for market leaders and innovative upstarts. The company's mobile video conferencing tool comes with patented dynamic adaptation technologies. Vidyo has been working in video collaboration since its founding in 2005 and has been a leader in everything from contributing to new standards for video compression to delivering the world's first mobile video client.

Diversified Acquires MCW

October 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by AV Network

Diversified has acquired Ashburn, VA based MCW. The acquisition expands Diversified's service offerings with the addition of an established electronic security business across the U.S. and Europe. MCW has a strong presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with a growing client base in multiple markets. The expanded offerings and combined capabilities will provide clients with an improved level of support and an enhanced customer experience.

Diversified chairman and CEO, Fred D'Alessandro said, "As Diversified grows, we continue to seek out innovative companies that can help us transform the client experience. MCW's capabilities in all areas of integrated technology, particularly electronic security and surveillance, are a natural extension of our existing portfolio, and will enable us to deliver a broader set of solutions to meet our customers' current and future needs."

The Future of Video Conferencing: VC Daily Interviews Eran Westman, Vidyo CEO

October 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Dailey

VC Daily's interview series, The Future of Video Conferencing, looks for answers to the question of how evolving technology will shape the world around us by speaking directly with the people at the forefront of its development.

In this interview, we talk with an expert in the critical and rapidly expanding fields of telehealth and finance. Eran Westman, CEO of pioneering VC provider Vidyo, is overseeing the development of new platforms that will see us meeting our doctor and banker from the convenience of our smartphones and tablets.

Zoom Scoops Customers From Cisco In $16 Billion Video Conferencing Market

October 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Forbes

What happens when a top executive at a startup goes to work for the big company that acquired it? Usually, the executive stays long enough to get their cash and then bolts. Sometimes, that executive stays for years and ultimately gets so disgusted with how the new owner is ruining their startup, that they leave and start a new company aimed at all those flaws.

This comes to mind in considering the career of Eric Yuan. As he explained in a September 21 interview, he left Beijing in 1997 to be the founding engineering of WebEx. Cisco Systems bought the video conferencing company in 2007 for $3.2 billion and Yuan stuck around Cisco as a VP in its Collaborative Systems group.

MIT's remote control robot system puts VR to work

October 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has come up with a use for virtual reality headsets that goes beyond firing them up, checking out a new game, muttering "cool" briefly after 5 minutes of use and then putting them back in the closet: Controlling robots remotely for manufacturing jobs.

The CSAIL research project combines two things with questionable utility into one with real potential, marrying telepresence robotics and VR with manufacturing positions. The system gives the operator a number of 'sensor displays' to make it feel like they're right inside the robot's head on site, and even employed hand controllers to provide direct control over the robot's grippers.

New Skype, Microsoft Teams integrations focus on video

September 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

Microsoft has been retooling its collaboration roadmap to focus on Microsoft Teams, the cloud and interoperability. As a result, many of the vendor's partners are capitalizing on Microsoft's roadmap with new integrations and services.

At Microsoft Ignite, several Microsoft partners unveiled Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations that focused on video conferencing. These integrations focus on interoperability and user experience.

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