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'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Douglas Ernst / The Washington Times

Future U.S. Army soldiers sent into combat may have a brand new tool at their disposal: the pocket drone.

The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts is developing a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for soldiers assigned to small units in dangerous environments.

Doctors aren't using Julia Gillard's telehealth plan to beat rural health crisis

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by

IT is a $620 million telehealth system, introduced by Labor in a bid to solve the rural health crisis, paying specialists to hold video consultations with patients.

But it is failing to deliver.

Video Is Everywhere, But Is Anyone Using It?

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Irwin Lazar / No Jitter

One of the big questions that I get in my conversations with both sellers and buyers of video conferencing equipment is whether the increasing pervasiveness of desktop and mobile video conferencing capabilities will reduce demand for room-based systems. Additionally, they wonder if anyone is actually using the video conferencing capabilities provided by unified communications clients and Web conferencing applications.

With that in mind, as part of the Nemertes 2014-15 Enterprise Technology benchmark, in which we gathered data from more than 200 end-user organizations, we sought to better understand the changing dynamics of the video conferencing market and provide answers to each of these questions.

The Potholes in Net Neutrality's Fast and Slow Lanes

July 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Simon Dudley/ No Jitter

The FCC's comment deadline on Net Neutrality wrapped up on July 18, with a deadline of September 10 for responses. If you're interested at all in technology innovation, this controversial topic demands your attention.

Let's be clear: This isn't about "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet. Net neutrality opponents could throw some real potholes in the way of effective video conferencing, unified communications and collaboration. They're doing that by throwing money at redefining an open Internet.

Sneak Peak: The New Equal-i 1S Huddle Room

July 24, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Array Telepresence

One of my favorite lines in the cover story in Telepresence Options Magazine on Array is the line Herold had in the interview where he refers to "the existing paradigm of putting a PTZ camera or webcam on top of a display where the participants are only 4-5 feet away" as a "wholly unworkable methodology". Don't sugar coat it Herold, what do you really think!

The Equal-i 1S Huddle Room - The Equal-i 1S Huddle Room is a specially designed 80 degree single camera designed to work with the Equal-i Image Improvement Processor and any videoconferencing codec that will accept an HDMI camera input. The camera is designed to be concealed at eye-level in standard "huddle room" or "team room" configurations.

Can a Hardware-Free AV Industry Exist?

July 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Karen Mitchell / AV Network

Is hardware in AV a disappearing act? Which came first, the ever-changing AV integration business model or advances in technology?

Firstly, hardware-free AV is a misnomer, said Rob Balgley, CEO of Mersive. "It's actually more accurate to think of it as nonproprietary hardware or commodity, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware like a Windows 7 PC or an Android platform. The benefits are more than just reductions in capital expenditure; there are also reductions in maintenance and support because the skill required to support these standardized platforms is far less specialized and subsequently less pricey.

How Collaboration Intelligence Can Tell You Who's Going To Quit

July 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dan Woods / Forbes

Collaboration intelligence is the simple idea that we can learn much about our organizations by watching the way we work together. By looking at who is talking to whom, where calls and emails are going and coming from, and numerous other metrics, the real organizational chart emerges. By looking at the trends in such metrics we can figure out who is becoming a star and who is checking out. All of this gives us ideas and ways to optimize we never had before.

With over six billion minutes of collaboration delivered across its platform, ConnectSolutions, a vendor of hosted solutions for unified communications, has unique insights into the ways organizations communicate. The company has begun the process of productizing collaboration intelligence, so when you use their solution, you immediately start improving your understanding of your company. When an employee departure encouraged an internal look at the company's own best-practices, it led the company down a path of unique insights and exciting opportunities for its customers and partners.

Polycom Showcases Video Collaboration Advances

July 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by NetworkWorld

During a recent visit to Polycom's executive briefing center in San Jose, we got to see some cool demos that are helping Polycom continue to differentiate its service. Polycom has been well known for its high-end video conferencing and collaboration room systems for some time, but we were reminded during the visit that the company also has a wide range of systems that are compatible with less-structured environments.

Two demos were especially fun, showcasing what Polycom calls "audio bubbles" and "audio fences." Anyone who has been on a conference call or video bridge agrees that background noise is distracting, and it is hard to avoid when including a large room of people or in a room that may not be purpose-built to manage sound quality.

Avaya bets on India

July 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options



Story and images by Business Standard

For Avaya, the global provider of business communications and collaboration systems, India has emerged as key for its growth both for its research and development and as a market.

Avaya is among the handful of companies that have used their India presence not for cost arbitrage but for real innovation and development. The India R&D centre, in Pune and Bangalore, is the largest for the company globally and would contribute almost 50% of Avaya's product portfolio, which is around $2 billion, said the company.

Robotics Pioneer Launches the First Personal Robot You Might Actually Buy

July 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by James Temple / Re/code

Cynthia Breazeal wants to take robots out of the lab and into the living room.

The MIT associate professor is widely recognized as a pioneer in social robotics, most famously producing the engaged and friendly faces of Kismet and Leonardo. But now she has formed her own company, Jibo, which has developed a namesake 11-inch tall robot that swivels around on two-axises and roughly resembles a lamp.

The Mind-Blowing Way Selfies Will Change Our Future. Yes, Selfies

July 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Forbes

An advanced civilization millions of light years away would surely be forgiven, if asked to describe the modern human race in 2014, answers: Duckface.

What with the current affliction of pouting and puckering the lips for all its worth showing no signs of decline, fueled by a culture of selfies with millions including presidents, princes and even the pope taking them.

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Singapore Startup Temasys Builds Next Generation Web Communication

July 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Forbes

Singapore startup Temasys last month unveiled its Skyway platform--a combination of tools and infrastructure that will enable developers to swiftly embed Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) in browsers, applications, websites, and internet-connected devices. This month, Temasys will release a plug-in for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In other words, if you have a site that is hosted by one of those content management systems-as does-you might soon be able to conduct a high-quality audio or video chat with a reader or hold an interactive seminar right from you home site or blog.

Please Adjust Your Vidyo

July 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dave Michels / No Jitter

Friday's announcement by Vidyo reveals the company is executing on its original vision, the Internet of Things - sort of.

Vidyo announced that it just raised $20 million from current investors, bringing the total capital raised to $139 million. The funds will be used to address "the growth of visual communications as new 'Internet of Things' applications and devices emerge." Reviews : Virtual Campus Tours Test Drive with Oculus Rift

July 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Raghuram Sukumar / Happy Schools

While I was walking in the expo hall in NAFSA Annual Conference, I saw the booth for

I have been to their site sometime back. I walk to their booth and introduced myself.

Vidyo Raises Still More Money for Video Ambitions

July 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Don Clark / WSJ

Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro says his company has been taking in revenue for six years, enough time for many companies to start funding operations with sales alone. But he's not shy about going back to investors.

The videoconferencing specialist on Friday is announcing a $20 million infusion-Vidyo's Series E round-to bring the total raised since its founding in 2005 to $139 million.

Silent Circle takes on Skype, Viber, mobile telcos with crypto-VoIP

July 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by John Leyden / The Register

Silent Circle has launched a global encrypted IP voice calling service that will go up against over-the-top services Skype and Viber, among others. The idea here, however, is that it will feature a way to communicate privately.

It's more bad news for mobile carriers, which are already beating off roaming-revenue pinchers in the form of popular VoIP apps Viber and Skype and text-revenue leaks as customers turn to Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp.

Samsung Curved Displays - the subjective review

July 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Bryan Hellard / Hellard Design

Curved televisions, gimmick, the real deal, or somewhere in between? Here is my assessment.

Immersive Telepresence is the best application for curved displays and after we abandoned the use of projectors, we waited and waited for curved tvs to arrive. We even went as far as attempting to make our own curved display out of a flat 55" LCD tv. After shattering a panel in my hand, it was apparent that we couldn't get the curve we wanted out of it. So we continued to wait.

Pexip, Enabling Technlogies Partner for Unified Communications Integration

July 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options



Story and images by Joshua Bolkan / The Journal

Videoconferencing technology producer Pexip has partnered with Enabling Technologies, a unified communications (UC) systems integrator, to integrate traditional videoconferencing systems with Microsoft Lync. Read more at

The agreement is designed to improve flexibility, cost-effectiveness and ease of deployment by solving "interoperability issues related to customers' existing infrastructures -- enabling Lync users to connect to legacy video conferencing systems simply," according to information released by the companies. Read more at

Hands on with Cisco's TelePresence SX10 Video Conferencing System

July 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by Nick Mueller / CDW

The Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set is an all-in-one unit that combines with any flat panel display to video-enable small collaboration spaces. It offers affordability for small-to-medium-sized organizations just starting out with telepresence, or in extending telepresence throughout an enterprise.

Visiting the doctor from home via Verizon video conferencing

June 26, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tom Huddleston, Jr. / Fortune

Verizon wants to help cut down on medical costs and wait times at the doctor's office.

The telecom giant has announced its arrival on the telemedicine scene by introducing Verizon Virtual Visits, a platform for connecting patients with clinicians via video-conferencing through an app for mobile devices and a web portal. The platform, unveiled on Wednesday, is intended for businesses looking to give their employees access to treatment of minor health problems like cold, flu, sore throat or other acute conditions that don't require a visit to the emergency room.

Shaping a new SMART

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Focus on the Future

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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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