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Brand Killer: Augmented reality goggles create real-world AdBlock

January 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story by Anthony Cuthbertson / ISPR

A new use for augmented reality headsets has been developed by students in the US using software that blocks brand's logos in the real world.

Brand Killer was designed and built by undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania and uses similar technology to other virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR.

Why You Should Build Your Own Internet

January 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story by Brian Berletic / TechSwarm

There are a lot of reasons to build your own Internet. In some places, you may have access to the Internet, but not particularly like your service provider or those monitoring and regulating your network. In other places, you may have no Internet (or telecom network) at all.

The solution is not to wait for someone to build the network that meets all your requirements, the answer is to build that network yourself!

Unease for What Microsoft's HoloLens Will Mean for Our Screen-Obsessed Lives

January 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story by David Carr / The New York Times

Microsoft made a big announcement last week, revealing that Windows, a lucrative legacy franchise, was about to be unleashed into the physical environment through a set of goggles called the HoloLens that superimposes the operating system on the actual world. In one sense, it was heartening. Business reporters are frequently hung up on the new and the insurgent, but seeing mature companies adapt to a changed world is equally interesting.

But something about Microsoft's new technology creeps me out, and it probably has less to do with the threat of holograms populating our everyday lives and more to do with something I've been watching on a different screen.

Shut it Down: Utah Bill Would Turn Off Water to NSA Data Center

January 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Michael Boldin / OffNow

A bill filed in the Utah state house yesterday would deny critical resources - like water - to the massive NSA data center there should it pass.

House Bill 150 (HB150), introduced by Rep. Marc Roberts, would require that the water being supplied to the NSA's data center in Bluffdale be shut off as soon as the city's $3 million bond is paid off.

Hidden Gems from CES - 2 Story Telepresence Robots, ultra-wide angle stitching cameras, and more

January 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by David J. Danto / Networkworld

Having just returned from my 20th CES, I am often asked why an enterprise technologist attends an event that is geared towards consumer technology. The reality is that technology doesn't understand the differences between consumers and businesses. Consumerization trends at large enterprises continue to blur the line between what is a consumer technology and a professional or enterprise one. If one ignores most of the fads and hype-storms, then this conference provides an insightful 12- to 18-month look ahead toward where technology is heading. So while you may have read about the latest in self-driving cars and smartwatches in the mainstream media, here's a taste of some of the items you might not have heard about that will definitely affect our workspaces for tomorrow.

While most of the talk about display technologies was on the topic of 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD) models with ultra-high prices, we also saw some of the new curved displays now available in desktop monitor sizes.

Edward Snowden shuns iPhones due to secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people, says lawyer

January 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Belfast Telegraph

The iPhone has secret spyware that lets governments watch users without their knowledge, according to Edward Snowden's lawyer.

The NSA whistleblower doesn't use a phone because of the secret software, which his lawyer says can be remotely activated to watch the user.

Microsoft debuts Windows Holographic, its augmented reality platform and headset

January 21, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft is getting deeper into virtual reality.

Today Alex Kipman, technical fellow for the operating system group at Microsoft, gave consumers a first look at a new product called Windows Holographic. It also announced a device, Microsoft HoloLens with multiple sensors, spatial sound, and multiple chips, including a Microsoft-crafted processor called a Holographic Processing Unit.

Oculus Rift gets more virtual reality porn with Red Light Center

January 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dean Takahashi / VB

Adult entertainment and technology have gone hand in hand throughout history. That's why Utherverse Digital is announcing today that its 3D animated virtual world, RedLightCenter.com, will soon run on the Oculus Rift virtual reality platform.

RedLightCenter.com is an X-rated world where players can engage in virtual sex and all sorts of other adult fun. It has been around for more than a decade, but with version 2.0, the world will be viewable with virtual reality goggles such as the Oculus Rift. That means the animated world will be a lot more immersive and feel like you're really there, said Utherverse chief executive Brian Shuster, in an interview with VentureBeat. The X-rated world may very well be the first massively multiplayer online world to debut on the Oculus platform.

Liberace Is Going Back On Tour...As A Hologram

January 19, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Forbes

More than 25 years after his death, it looks as if Liberace is headed back out on tour thanks to some technological help.

The legendary performer is set to make his return to the stage sometime this year as a sort of "hologram", with his unveiling taking place in Las Vegas, where he made a name for himself as a showman.

Airtel Business eyes major slice of video collaboration market

January 19, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Danish Khan / The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Airtel Business, the enterprise services arm of Bharti AirtelBSE 2.25 %, is targeting a major slice of the Rs 400-500 crore video collaboration market through its plan to offer a telepresence room or space for high-end videoconferencing mainly to banking and financial services, IT and IT-enabled services industry, and small and medium enterprises.

"Being the first to offer something like this will allow us to get the dominant position in this segment of the industry. We see ourselves getting the first-mover advantage," Manish Prakash, director of Airtel Business told ET. Airtel, India's leading mobile phone operator, has partnered with networking equipment maker Cisco to provide this service in the country. The company sees video collaboration services as a faster growing segment than its traditional products, Prakash said."There's a huge market for such solutions. this offering becomes relevant with the speeds we are starting to get in broadband," he said.

Telepsychiatry: the New Frontier in Mental Health

January 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kristine Crane / U.S. News

When Hind Benjelloun, a District of Columbia-based crisis psychiatrist with InSight Telepsychiatry, works an overnight shift, there's never a dull moment. Even when the emergency room empties out, Benjelloun still has patients waiting for her on her computer screen. Whether they're from the inner city or rural Virginia, they have to be seen remotely, and advances in technology have made it possible for them to get the help they need at all hours of the day.

Like telemedicine, telepsychiatry relies on technology to bring clinical medicine to patients, rather than the other way around. Patients typically videoconference with doctors using computers or videoconferencing equipment. Telepsychiatric services are growing, and the advantage is that such technology opens access to care, particularly for those in remote areas where there are fewer psychiatrists.

U.S. May Need Wake-Up Call On 5G Wireless Race

January 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily

Verizon and AT&T turned the U.S. into 4G wireless champions, but a 5G repeat is in question.

The U.S. led the world in upgrading wireless networks to 4G LTE (long-term evolution) technology. Europe, China, South Korea and Japan aim to jump ahead with 5G mobile broadband next-generation wireless services.

Videoconferencing Market Goes Flat

January 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Sean Michael Kerner / Enterprise Networking Planet

There are multiple elements in the Unified Communications (UC) market segment of networking, with video conferencing technology representing a significant share. According to the new research report from Infonetics, however, the global enterprise video conferencing and telepresence market isn't growing at the same rate it once was.

Infonetics' third quarter 2014 (3Q14) Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment report shows flat year-over-year revenue growth for the market segment. Infonetics reported that global enterprise video conferencing and telepresence revenue came in at $838 million for the third quarter of 2014.

CES 2015 - David Danto's: A View From The Road

January 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by David J. Danto / Dimension Data

Grab your spurs and saddles because we're clearly back in the Wild West...

Greetings from the just concluded 2015 International CES show. This is the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas by techies and geeks, manufacturers and buyers, press and industry analysts, and CEOs and celebrities. It represents a once a year quest to find the newest and best in technology. And this year, all bets were off as the technology industry found itself squarely back in the Wild West.

In the past it took a lot of investment to exhibit at an expo like this. Firms would strive to capture the attention of the attendees, going as over the top as possible - massive press-conferences with celebrity guests, huge "booths" on the show floor, etc. At this year's conference however we saw a new model of exhibitor. They aren't well funded, they don't have brand recognition, and they're winning. According to CEA's Chief Economist, Shawn DuBravac, a huge majority of technology (75% of smart devices for example) is being purchased in emerging markets (33% in China alone) and the majority of sales are from off-brand suppliers. Smaller, start-up and/or unknown firms are taking mindshare and market share in global technology. It's truly shaping up to be a David and Goliath type story. Do you really need an iWatch or iPhone when you can get an off-brand version of either one for hundreds less? It takes almost nothing to start a crowdfunding campaign, and social media is a flat world, so start-ups can create and sell products directly to users without the kind of marketing and distribution alliances that might have been needed before. This dynamic is causing a lot of change. Cleary it makes access to customers a more democratic process, and it will force the larger manufacturers to re-focus their over the top efforts into something more effective, but in the short term it means there are no rules. Any product can come to the market.

CES 2015: My UC Takeaways

January 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Phil Edholm / No Jitter

I know CES is predominantly a consumer event, but I think it shows what is coming for those of us in the enterprise. So last week I ventured into the world of 4K TVs, drones, robots, 3D printers, wearables, smart cars and all other things technical and weird to see what I could find. Yes, I went to CES 2015 in Las Vegas looking for unified communications products and their impacts.

CES was huge -- almost overwhelming, with more than 160,000 attendees converging on multiple venues. One of the small halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center is bigger than the entire Enterprise Connect floor, and CES filled 10 or so of those, as well as many other venues. It featured an astounding range of technology, from cars to sous-vide cookers. Taking it all in, I found a few trends worth mentioning here for the impact they'll have in enterprise communications.

This is the weirdest and most useful gadget to come out of CES 2015: the ZTE Spro 2

January 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kris Carlon / AndroidPIT

Now that CES 2015 has officially concluded and we've all returned to our cozy desks in various parts of the world, there's a little time to look at some of the other cool stuff that was announced last week (next to the LG G Flex 2 or Asus Zenfone 2) but didn't quite make the front page. For example, ZTE announced the Spro 2: an Android-based portable projector that doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can also charge your phone with. Trés cool indeed.

Office Space: Highfive's office is built for video-conferencing

January 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Julie Balise / SFGate

The video-conferencing company considers its product to be a tool that fosters workplace efficiency -- meaning an inefficient office would send exactly the wrong message to customers.

"We are creating a product that helps companies create and have better offices spaces for themselves, office spaces that work the way that people want," CEO Shan Sinha said. "You don't see cables and wires and connectors and that kind of thing all falling over. And we said, you know what, we want our office space to reflect the type of company that we're trying to create."

New York Passes Telehealth Bill allowing Medicaid Reimbursement

January 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by CivSource

New York will soon see improvements to telehealth access. A new bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo late last week that will expand the availability of telemedicine throughout New York. The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

Telehealth or telemedicine allows doctors and patients to communicate at a distance. Often that communication involves the use of video conferencing tools that allow patients to "see" doctors even if they live some distance from the provider's office. Telemedicine has seen steady growth in adoption and availability among rural populations and others that face geographical and transportational challenges when it comes to healthcare.

Bow-Wow! 'Smart Collar' for Dogs Beams Video to Owners' Phones

January 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Breitbart

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas went to the dogs with the unveiling of a "smart collar" outfitted with a GPS tracker and a video camera.

Motorola unveiled the Scout 5000 smart collar at the trade show and demonstrated how the canine-mounted device includes a GPS tracker, WiFi connectivity and a 720p camera that beams video to the pet owner's smartphone.

TV of the future may be a sphere

January 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Yahoo News

Las Vegas (AFP) - The TV of the future may not be a rectangle, but a sphere.

Some visitors to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show got a peek at this new way to view 360-degree video.

Embrace Video

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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

TelePresence @ Home

February 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

FOXSexpert: Hooking Up to Internet Sex Toys

November 25, 2008 | John Serrao

Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

November 6, 2008 | John Serrao

Home again

September 15, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

War Is Halo

July 28, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

WAN refresh

April 2, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Just shoot me

February 24, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Immersed in Work

February 14, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Presence of mind

January 15, 2008 | Howard Lichtman

Liberate your avatar

December 20, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Samsung: Next HDTV to Offer 8x Better Resolution

December 18, 2007 | John Serrao

Endless Self-Reinvention in Virtual Worlds

November 28, 2007 | John Serrao

It's Telepresence

November 14, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Polycom Steps on the High Definition Gas

October 17, 2007 | John Serrao
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