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AMD buys Nitero wireless VR startup

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

AMD has acquired Nitero, a company that builds wireless chips for streaming virtual reality content from desktop computers to headsets, Forbes reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Quite a few things held VR headset adoption back in 2016, but one of the most visible issues (aside from price) were the bulky cords required by most high-end headsets. HTC's Vive, Facebook's Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR all require data and power transfer cables.

Google Duo Adds Voice Calling Support To Compete With WhatsApp

April 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TelecomTalk

Launched at the Google I/O 2016 event back in May, Google Duo quickly became one of the top downloaded application in the Google Play Store. That largely is because of the simple user interface and stability of the application. It's been almost one year since Duo launched and all these days; it just served as a video calling app.

After hearing it from the users itself, Google is adding the voice calling support for Google Duo to compete with the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. If you recall, Google added the voice calling feature to its app last month, but it was rolled out to Brazil users, and now, Justin Uberti, the technical lead for Duo at Google announced the global rollout of the feature in Twitter.

Preparing for the Collaborative Classrooms of Tomorrow

April 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by AVNetwork

Remember the days of students sitting in grid-like classroom rows with a teacher sitting behind a desk glued to a laptop screen? Those days are going, going, soon to be gone, said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Epson America. So what's next?

"Moveable furniture, multiple monitors, document cameras, and interactive projectors--that's what the future classroom looks like," he said. "In other words, it's about 'active learning,' introduced as a collaborative learning space promoting both creativity and critical thinking, with an aim to provide equal visual and auditory accessibility for students, regardless of where they are sitting in the classroom. As the idea continues to grow in popularity and expand in capabilities, the need for collaboration-enabling technology will be crucial."

Study: Videoconferencing is more effective when you can't see yourself

April 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by HR Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Marquette University researchers found that videoconferencing participants were more productive and happier with their performance when they couldn't see themselves on the screen, CBC News reports. The researchers said that participants worry about how they look, act and speak, which distracts them from the work at hand.
  • The study divided participants into two groups: Those who could see themselves on the video screen and those who could not. The latter group showed higher performance and satisfaction with the outcome of conversations than the former.
  • Researchers aren't sure of the cause, but they think it relates to a phenomenon psychologists call "objective self-awareness," in which seeing oneself on screen detracts from individual focus.

5 Game Changers Emerge at Enterprise Connect

April 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

Another Enterprise Connect is in the books! This year's event signaled the continued transformation of enterprise communications from one dominated by IP telephony to a varied landscape featuring a broad array of internal and external collaboration and communications platforms.

Here's what I see as the five biggest game changers from my week under the glass big top otherwise known as the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla.:

3 Significant Reasons Video Is Crucial To The Future Of The Audiovisual Industry

April 3, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Huffington Post

Look around and it's no wonder why visuals have and always will have a significant impact on the AV industry. From display advancements to the surge of virtual video, it's in our DNA.

Let's take a look at where we're at and where we headed and the impact video will have on the audiovisual industry moving forward.

6 Ways to Invest in AR...Including Social and Communications

April 3, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by UploadVR

Augmented reality is generating a lot of excitement, particularly with rumors that Apple will enter the market sometime soon, alongside such competitors as Microsoft and Google.

Digi-Capital, a tech advisor, believes that the combined market for augmented and virtual reality could be $108 billion by 2021. And 2016 was a critical year for AR, with new device announcements, major acquisitions, and massive adoption from consumers and enterprises alike.

RBC is using video conferencing to bring the human touch back to banking

March 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Tearsheet

With talk of intelligent machines making the banking experience less personal, at least one major institution is taking a turn in the other direction by letting customers video conference with real people.

The Royal Bank of Canada, Canada's largest bank, launched its MyAdvisor pilot this week -- a feature that lets customers schedule video conferences with financial advisors. The bank said it's making the move because talking to a real person still matters for their customers. "Clients told us that when it comes to investing, trust is key," said Michael Walker, vp and head of mutual funds distribution and financial planning at RBC. "For most clients, they build trust with human beings first -- not just technology."

BlueJeans teams with Dolby for teleconference audio clarity

March 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ITworld

BlueJeans customers will be getting improved call quality, thanks to a partnership the company unveiled Tuesday. Dolby is working with the videoconferencing company to improve call clarity for people using its service.

As part of the deal, BlueJeans will integrate Dolby Voice technology for all the video and audio calls made using its service. It will provide a number of benefits to users, like reducing background noise on calls and normalizing sound levels from different speakers.

Mondopads highlight Portland State University's new Decision Theater

March 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Building Design + Construction

Portland State University wanted to create a high-tech collaboration space for its students, researchers, and community stakeholders to come together. The space would be used to work on a variety of projects that link data sets, visualization, and decisions.

In order for the room to achieve its main purpose, it needed to have large visuals, powerful computing, robust video conferencing and a modular environment. The new space, dubbed the Decision Theater, originally was going to have a multi-panel video wall installed, but the concern was that the video wall would be great for large groups, but wouldn't be conducive to individuals or small groups working separately in the room.

Eventually, PSU decided to use InFocus Mondopads to create the video wall because they can be used together to display one large image, but can also be used separately for smaller groups without losing any of their desired functions.

Planar, Leyard Add Extreme Narrow Bezel Models to Clarity Matrix Video Wall Line

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Commercial Integrator

Planar and Leyard recently announced the addition of two models to its Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system, each featuring a 1.7mm tiled bezel width for what the companies call "nearly seamless LCD video wall installations."

Planar and Leyard also introduced the Clarity Matrix ColorBalance, a color matching tool co-developed with Portrait Displays. Designed specifically for Clarity Matrix LCD video walls, Clarity Matrix ColorBalance "makes it easy to achieve consistent color and brightness across the entire video wall," according to the Planar and Leyard press release.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Talk Service To Be Shuttered In Efforts To Streamline Messaging Tools

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options
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Story and images by Market Exclusive

Beginning in June this year, Google Talk, which was also popularly referred to as Gchat, will be axed from the Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) portfolio of products. Google Talk's functionality will, however, remain as Hangouts will take its place. For the four years that Hangouts has existed, there has been a duplication of functionality between Google Talk and Hangouts.

The development will mean that only the look and feel of Google Talk will change once users are transitioned to Hangouts. Even old messages and all other communication content from Google Talk will become available on Hangouts.

Mounts and furniture: six of the best motorised options

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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TeamMate delivers fully mobile solution

The VariHite Screen Stand (pictured main) is specially designed to lift and lower heavy screens (up to 135kg), as well as manoeuvre them through doorways at the touch of a button. It can handle VESA compatible displays ranging from (300 x 200mm up to 1,200 x 600mm), including both 55 and 84in versions of the Microsoft Surface Hub, utilises heavy-duty castors and a robust base.

Story and images by Installation

Aimed at education and corporate space, the VariHite Screen Stand has an 8U 19in x150mm deep rack, this can be extended to x350mm deep with the rack extension module. There is also upper storage compartments which can house a power bar module for charging a laptop if required, both the lower and upper compartments are connected by a cable management chain enabling full cable management.

Project Design: Why do I Need Proper Schematics?

March 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Hidden Wires

So during the four long days of ISE I have found myself banging on about the importance of proper connectivity schematics.

Firstly, I want to clarify exactly what I mean when I say connectivity schematics, as the term 'schematics' tends to be used interchangeably with floor-plan drawings in our industry. There is no issue with this as such, I just want to be clear what I mean when I say connectivity schematics, which are system interconnectivity drawings that show every piece of AV equipment in a job and how each piece is interconnected with the others and which outputs connect to which inputs.

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

March 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'.

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