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Top Video & A/V Trends to Watch for at EC18

March 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by No Jitter

We're in the midst of a major A/V refresh - the biggest in 25 years, as Ira Weinstein, industry analyst and chair of the Video Collaboration and A/V track at Enterprise Connect, told me.

Enterprises across the globe are tossing out their clunky, complex gear and redoing their meeting room A/V and video in favor of new technology that's simpler, easier, and quicker, Weinstein explained. And they're not doing so because they need better quality video, but rather for ease of use and consistency, he added

Astronauts will welcome a free-floating robot head to the ISS this summer

March 6, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ISPR

Science fiction is filled with robotic personalities that accompany human astronauts on their voyages: Gerty in Moon, TARS in Interstellar, Marvin in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and of course, HAL-9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But now, an actual free-floating robotic head known as CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN), will bring these speculative visions to life, assuming it is safely delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) this June.

The Rise of the Smart Webcam for PC: Huddly's GO Camera Wants to Be the Smartest

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by VC Dailey

I think it's time we rethought how we use the word "smart" when it comes to our digital apps and devices. It's become a buzzword attached to everything from TVs and watches to fridges and glasses. There is even a smart hairbrush that connects via wifi to a mobile app to "reinvent a person's relationship to their hair." (Yeah, we don't know what that means, either).

So is it enough to have an internet connection in place to earn the title smart? What if the product just follows a programmed algorithm to generate generic connections? Is Netflix smart for recommending I watch Mr. Deeds starring Adam Sandler because I watched Sandy Wexler starring Adam Sandler?

BlueJeans adds in-meeting transcription by AI assistant

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by AV Magazine

Blue Jeans Network and Voicera have announced the availability of in-meeting transcription powered by an artificial intelligence assistant, Eva.

BlueJeans' customers can now enjoy full meeting notes for all participants that are easily stored, shared, edited and retrieved for later reference.

BLHS modernizes learning with zSpace

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The Herald Star

CONNORVILLE -- Some realistic learning tools are helping students at Buckeye Local High School expand their educational opportunities.

Funding from a $25,000 Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation grant added zSpace 3-D learning software late last year that is outfitted with glasses to heighten studies.

Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology: Sources

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by CNBC paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The deal's rationale and price tag, previously unreported, underscore how Amazon aims to do more than sell another popular camera, as analysts had thought. The online retailer is exploring chips exclusive to Blink that could lower production costs and lengthen the battery life of other gadgets, starting with Amazon's Cloud Cam and potentially extending to its family of Echo speakers, one of the people said.

ISE 2018: Avocor Teams with Zoom on Intuitive Video Conferencing Solution

February 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Commercial Integrator

Avocor, a collaboration displays manufacturer which launched in 2016, has quickly established a high-profile partnership. At ISE 2018, Avocor and Zoom Video Communications announce an integration between Avocor and Zoom Rooms for Touch, Zoom's software-based conference room solution that runs on large touch displays.

The idea behind the product integration, according to an Avocor press release, is to make it easy for customers to have the most advanced video conferencing solutions that intuitively work together out of the box and are supremely easy to use.

The best webcams you can buy for video conferencing or streaming

February 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Business Insider

The Insider Pick:

  • Logitech's C920 has been the number one pick in webcams since 2012, with great image quality, a flexible stand, and reasonable price. It's the right choice for almost anyone who's looking for a webcam.

Webcams aren't just for catching up with friends or dialing into a meeting anymore. Live streaming and personal video production have given the humble webcam new life. Webcams with 1080p resolution have been readily available since 2012, opening up the door for recordings that look a lot better than the built-in webcam on your laptop.

The hardware-software-data trifecta in Cisco's enterprise AI

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by SiliconANGLE

Artificial intelligence assistants like Amazon Echo combine a hardware device with software models trained on big data. But not many companies have the necessary chops in all key areas to build a highly intelligent device. Could Cisco Systems Inc.'s position as a legacy hardware provider transitioning to a software platform plant the company in the AI-assistant sizzle spot?

"We went from hardware to software; now we're going from software to being a platform company in many ways," said Jose de Castro (pictured), chief technology officer of cognitive collaboration and Spark platform at Cisco Systems.

SiliconCore LED driver technology takes European bow

February 5, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Installation International

Making its European debut at ISE 2018, the HDR Z.A.C.H. driver technology from LED specialist SiliconCore features in all of its 0.95mm to 1.9mm pixel pitch displays shown on the stand.

Z.A.C.H. (standing for Z - for impedance - Adjustment for Colour Homogeneity) offers technology embedded in the driver chip to accurately detect impedance variations of each LED and apply an adjustment compensation. This technology is claimed to give SiliconCore displays 'market-leading dynamic range and colour reproduction'.

Avaya simplifies and updates Equinox

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Laurent Philonenko, Avaya GM for technology and solutions.

Story and images by ITWeb

Part of Avaya's plans for the future of its business is to simplify its products and therefore increase productivity for its customers.

The newly listed company's signature product, Equinox, is a unified communications experience that works on desktops, browsers, mobile devices or room-based systems, and has the capability to follow the user's profile as they move from device to device.

Is Symphony Video Conferencing's Focus on Security Enough to Beat Slack at Its Own Game?

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


There's a Wall Street elite currently trying to earn the affection of the mainstream business world. Workflow collaboration app Symphony has grown from its origins as a "Bloomberg Killer" dedicated to servicing the financial sector, to be a potential threat to Slack and Microsoft Teams in the small and medium business world.

Like its collaboration app colleagues, Symphony provides a shared platform where team members can chat, message, and video call each other within the flow of their usual working day. In the financial sector that has meant funneling in real-time data from markets across the globe, and, importantly, providing these in-house and cross-company connections across highly secure lines.

UW IT introduces Zoom to campus

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Branding iron

University of Wyoming's Information Technology (IT) is offering Zoom web conferencing for all the University faculty, staff and students starting this week.

IT lab assistant, Akriti Subedi, said, "Zoom has been introduced for the provision of videos, phones and other conferencing services for the benefit of the students and teachers on campus."

Elmo shows 4K visualiser

February 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Installation International

Claimed to be the world's first 4K visualiser, the MX-1 is making its debut at ISE on the Elmo stand. It is equipped with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 which allows for full HD video at up to 60fps. The unit weighs 470g, making it easy to transport, claims Elmo. The company adds that it can connect to virtually any projector, interactive whiteboard, PC monitor or TV screen.

The MX-1 uses a 13M image sensor to output images in 4K UHD resolution. The MX-1 can also be connected to an optional accessory called Connect Box, which adds connectivity options for HDMI and RGB-based displays without the need for a PC.

RED's 'holographic,' 'SOLID' Hydrogen phone will ship this summer

January 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by TechCrunch

Boutique Android phone makers didn't have a good 2017, but RED aims to reverse that trend with its high-end Hydrogen handset, which founder Jim Jannard talks up in a recent post on the company's forums. The chunky, unique device will ship in the summer, but those who have pre-ordered will be able to test out its "4-view" display in April.

Jannard crows about the quality of the display, the quality of the audio, the quality of the build, the versatility of the module system and the "cool as hell" scalloped sides. He admits it's big: 2 ounces more than other 5.7″ devices, as well as broader and thicker. "Think SOLID," he concludes. At least that leaves room for a big battery (4500mAh) and dual SIM slots.

ISE 2018 preview: video and audio

January 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Installation

With a leisure and hospitality theme on its stand, Optoma will showcase a raft of interactive solutions along with a major new visual display technology for the company. This includes new 4K UHD laser projectors using the latest single-chip DLP technology. There will also be an expanded range of professional accessories on show, including a dome lens for non-complex mapping, a range of signal processors and standalone wireless presentation tool.

Visitors to Sony's stand will learn more about the collaborative future of learning, corporate efficiencies and a display without limits.

Google's Hangouts Meet video calls are now available on tablets

January 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Gadgets Now

Google's enterprise-centric version of its Hangouts, called the Hangouts Meet, is now officially compatible with Apple iPads and Android tablets.

This development comes almost after a year after Google split the Hangouts platform into two services: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

Shure now shipping IntelliMix P300 audio conferencing processor

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Audio Media International

Shure's digital signal processor, the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor, is now available.

Originally introduced at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2017 show in Amsterdam, the P300 offers Shure IntelliMix DSP algorithms to, according to the company, 'significantly enhance' audio quality in video meetings; a variety of connectivity options, plus connectivity with Shure Microflex Advance; and Microflex Wireless microphone solutions for AV conferencing.

What Your Firm Needs to Do to Be Acquired in 2018

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by AV Network

2017 was another extraordinary year in the AV sector. Now that the digital ink has dried on one of the most transformative acquisitions of the year (Sharp's AV was sold to AVI-SPL), small to mid-size AV firms are beginning to wonder if 2018 will be another active year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). I remain confident, due to strong market fundamentals paired with the high levels of optimism among owners, that it will. More specifically, listed below are the reasons to understand why I remain bullish:

  • Valuations of AV systems design and integration firms are still attractive;
  • Continued technology convergence as industry is going through structural changes;
  • Low interest rates;
  • Need to scale in order to compete;
  • Other private equity groups are noticing those investments, renewing the attractiveness of the AV vertical;
  • Foreign firms are actively looking to acquire U.S. platforms.

As important as the sector is, the actual profile of each potential seller is much more influential to their sale-ability. While different growth strategies are resulting in more deals being done, the main question is what does your firm need to do in order to be acquired in 2018? Buyers seek a company that is well positioned for growth with the following qualities:.

Creating a Virtual Reality Office Building for Telecommuters

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


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.

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