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Why now is the time for WebRTC

April 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Computerworld

Utilized by billions of users and thousands of applications, this open-source technology has finally become the new standard for real-time communications over the web.

More than six years ago an ambitious, real-time communications project was spearheaded by Google. What emerged was a powerful, open-source tool capable of equipping web browsers with the ability to support voice and video conferencing and data sharing.

Aptly named WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), this collection of protocols and interfaces enabled audio and video setup over peer-to-peer connections without the need for expensive or complex back-end software. Most appealing, WebRTC made it possible to deploy click-to-start meetings without downloading a dedicated app or plug-in.

Blockchain Project to Give Users 'Telepresence' Anywhere Via Live Streams They Can Control

April 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Cointelegraph

A Blockchain-driven company plans to "give people the power to be instantly everywhere" by creating a marketplace where users can hire someone's physical presence in order to see and hear the world as they do.

UbiatarPlay says it is bringing to life technology that has only been seen in sci-fi movies until now. Its system would see individuals, known as Avatars, be paid to live-stream their smartphone camera at a location their "Usar" chooses. A "revolutionary" Graphical User Interface would enable the customer - who could be thousands of miles away - to direct the Avatar and move them where they desire.

Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning

April 24, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Tampa Bay Times

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Missed paying dues on your Communist Party membership? There's a bank for that - and it's fully automated.

A state-owned Chinese bank has opened an automated branch equipped with facial-scanning software, a virtual reality room, a hologram machine, talking robots and touchscreens for paying utility bills and Communist Party fees, among other functions.

Researchers receive funding for telepresence robot

April 24, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Advantage News

Put simply, a telepresence robot being created at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville functions like "walking Skype." And, while the end goal is simplicity for users in a classroom setting, the critical thinking, and technological design and development involved in its creation are complex.

The Wailian Education Group, now WeEducation Group Inc., supported the robot research and development with private funding totaling $56,304. SIUE School of Engineering's Mingshao Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, directed the project.

Polycom's Trio just got better!

March 28, 2018 | Howard Lichtman

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Story and images by ITWeb

This is a game changer for Polycom and for Hardware Distribution," says Gail Holt, MD of Hardware Distribution.

The Realpresence Trio conference phone is the best conference phone Polycom has ever produced! With a 6m pickup range and advanced audio technology such as enhanced Polycom HD Voice and the patented Polycom NoiseBlock, RealPresence Trio has become the ideal solution for any meeting space that needs the best audio experience.

Blueface Launches New Browser Based Video Conferencing Service

March 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Irish Tech News

Blueface has announced the launch of a new video conferencing service using browser based webRTC technology. Blueface Video Conferencing enables visual engagement online with anyone, anywhere in the world, saving users time and money. This is the first significant development from Blueface since its merger with Star2Star Communications in January.

Blueface say ease of use and customer experience was a priority when developing this new service. Customers don't have to download an app to use the service, making it a more convenient option. Customers can access Blueface Video Conferencing from their Blueface Unified Communications Portal. The service which is accessible on both mobile devices and desktop has a number of features enabling users to communicate and collaborate online. It will allow customers to schedule group calls and invite other users and also offers other functions such as screen sharing collaboration and instant messaging. The Blueface Video Conferencing Service is safeguarded with Blueface AI Anti-Fraud, which detects malicious cyber-attacks and protects customer meetings.

ARHT Media Announces Holographic Telepresence at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro, in Central Tokyo

March 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by GlobeNewswire

TORONTO, March 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARHT Media Inc. ("ARHT" or "the Company") (TSXV:ART), a global leader in the development, production and distribution of high quality hologram content through its patented Augmented Reality Holographic Telepresence technology, today announced the first deployment of its technology in a cinema location at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro, in Tokyo, Japan.

ARHT's Holographic Telepresence at cinemas will allow movie studios to holoport their biggest stars into the theatre to promote their movies via press events, premieres or in-lobby marketing, either live or through pre-recorded messaging. This will provide vast flexibility and value to the entertainment industry and fans across the globe as they will be able to enjoy the telepresence of their favorite celebrities, while at the cinema.

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

March 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Story and images by CNBC

Amazon.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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."

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