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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.

Vimeo Agrees to Acquire Livestream

September 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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On-demand streaming technology platform developer Vimeo today said it plans to acquire Livestream - a move that helps Vimeo expand into the market for live streaming video.

Dissecting Siris Capital's Polycom acquisition a year later

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

A year ago, private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC completed its $2 billion acquisition of voice and video conferencing provider Polycom Inc. Since then, Polycom became a private company, shook up its executive leadership, and unveiled a few new products and partnerships.

At the time -- and still today -- the Polycom-Siris deal highlighted the ongoing trend of vendor contraction and consolidation in the unified communications (UC) market. This market volatility -- as vendors are acquired, file for bankruptcy or look to sell assets -- underscores the importance for UC users to find financially viable vendors that can provide ongoing product support and innovation.

ScanSource Resellers Get Lifesize Video Conferencing

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel Partners Online

ScanSource has added Lifesize, the video-conferencing technology provider, to its line card through ScanSource Communications in the United States and Canada, and ScanSource Imago in Europe.

Adding Lifesize gives partners an integrated, cloud-based application and connected conference room devices for audio, video and web conferencing alongside ScanSource's support services, the company said.

Medical apps providing virtual consultations, e-MCs on the rise

September 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: When Mr Benjamin Gan, 26, caught a cold and started coughing because of a few late nights at the office, he did not want to make the 20-minute journey to the nearest clinic.

"I felt too uncomfortable to leave the house, and was dreading the travel time plus the queues at the clinic," the investment banking analyst told Channel NewsAsia.

The Galaxy Note 8 is the productivity phone I wish the iPhone 8 would be

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Macworld

As I watched Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Wednesday, I couldn't help but think about the upcoming iPhone 8. But it wasn't the similarities that caught my attention--the barely-there bezels, thin frame, virtual home button, glass back, dual camera--but rather the stark differences between the two.

The Note 8 and iPhone 8 will both be marketed as do-everything phones, the latest culmination of technology and design that puts tremendous power in your pocket and lets you seamlessly switch between work and play. You'll see commercials that tout the various capabilities of the camera, the design of the screen, and the numerous new things your phone can do.

Highfive launches plugin-free browser support for its video conferencing service

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

Highfive, a video conferencing startup that focuses on making video calls as easy as possible thanks to its integrated hardware and software solution, today announced that its customers can now also now join calls directly from Chrome without having to install any plugins, thanks to the magic of WebRTC.

While the company will obviously continue to focus on its hardware, the ability to join calls right from Chrome significantly lowers the barrier for attendees. The company, which also offers iOS and Android versions of its service, notes that its WebRTC stack integrates with its meeting room hardware and that it includes all of the standard Highfive features, including the ability to share your screen, add participants and hear the high-fidelity stereo sound that's one of the company's main selling points for its hardware.

Pexip Infinity V16 available - What's new in version 16?

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Pexip Infinity 16 adds a whole host of all-new features, as well as numerous functionality updates and improvements. You can download Infinity 16 today.

Finally: An augmented reality app that injects the internet into real life

August 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ISPR

When Ryan Staake and Patrick Piemonte first worked together, they helped you get around: Both were interface designers at Apple, with Piemonte working specifically on the iPhone's map technology. Now, nearly a decade later, the two are working together again--but this time, instead of helping you get around, they want to use the power of augmented reality to appreciate the hidden things around you.

That's the idea behind Mirage, an iOS app the duo and a small team just released. It's not the first AR app available in the App Store, and it certainly won't be the last, but it may well be the only one to marry augmented reality's hidden-world appeal with social media's shareable, re-mixable content. And in doing so, it's making AR not simply a technology of curiosity, but one of connection.

SRT Alliance Unveils First Wave of Open Source Support

August 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Steve Vonder Haar/ Wainhouse Research

At least one open source initiative in the world of streaming appears to be garnering momentum.

The SRT Alliance - an open source effort launched earlier this year by Haivision and Wowza Media aiming to create a standard protocol of transporting video data - this week said that 22 streaming vendors have signed on to integrate Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) capabilities into their product offerings.

Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechRepublic

In many ways, Windows has never been less important.

As Windows 10 approaches its second anniversary, PC users are spoilt for choice when it comes to the operating systems and software they can use.

July/August 2017 computer vision news; Google Lens, Facebook's deep learning, thermal imaging, computer vision

July 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InterMedia

We are really excited to let you know (in case you missed the announcement) that Samsung are now offering their amazing ultra-large, ultra-wide monitor, the CHG90, with a screen size of 49 inches (124.5 cms) and aspect ratio of 32:9 - equivalent to two 16:9 monitors side by side!

This screen, the largest aspect ratio available in the industry, is intended for the gaming community but could be an extremely useful display for the huddle room and could herald the availability of larger, more mainstream 32:9 displays.

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