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FIFTY YEARS AGO this week, AT&T demonstrated the first video calls at the World's Fair in New York. In 1964, the demonstration was more of a curiosity than anything else - the opportunity to talk to a stranger sitting on the other coast, at a similar facility in Disneyland.
Fifty years on, and most of us still would rather not see and be seen on a video phone. But why?
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AT&T, no longer dabbling with trial projects, has announced an initiative to try and expand its "ultra-fast fiber network" and deliver U-verse with GigaPower service to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide.
On its list are 21 major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Diego and San Francisco.
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On a Saturday night earlier this month, Olivia Ledezma got all dressed up for her high school prom. So did her telepresence robot, which donned a pink feather boa and tiara for the occasion.
The robot, named Clark, had cause for festive attire. After all, it was making it possible for Ledezma, a Kansas sophomore, to "attend" the dance from thousands of miles away in California. The student council president used an app to control the wheeled robot remotely, with the iPad atop its adjustable pole neck letting her virtually interact, dance, and even play cards with classmates.
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Vodafone Business Services the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has launched managed video conferencing service for enterprises to offer an experience of world class virtual face to face like interaction with various participants anytime, anywhere. The noteworthy benefit of the services is that it is network agnostic and device agnostic and offers a seamless conferencing experience.
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BELLAIRE - Students at St. John's Central High School are taking advantage of distance learning opportunities to study medical procedures, thanks to The Ohio State University Medical Center and The Center of Science and Industry (COSI). The two educational entities have been working together to offer interactive videoconferencing.
Tuesday, St. John's Anatomy & Physiology classes and students in the Science Club witnessed a kidney transplant, narrated live by a member of The Ohio State University's Comprehensive Transplant Team.
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In 13 years of presiding over cases that come through Lynchburg General District Court, Judge Ed Burnette has always felt safe behind the bench.
He considers the monitor next to his chair a major reason why.
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One in 10 surgeries are to offer patients the choice of seeing a GP at evenings and weekends, booking appointments online, receiving electronic prescriptions and having checkups over Skype, David Cameron will say on Monday.
The prime minister unveiled the £50m scheme in October amid fears that too many people are turning up to A&E when they cannot get appointments with their GP, putting too much pressure on emergency departments.
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It's quite common to have remote workers join in a staff meeting but telephone or VoIP connections don't make the experience engaging. Video conferencing using a service such as Skype is a whole lot better but there's a static quality to the interaction. If you want to get a much more engaging presence for remote staff members then you need a Kubi from Revolve Robotics.
Kubi is a robotic stand that holds a pad computer in either landscape or portrait orientation and allows you to pan and tilt it via remote control. So, as different people speak, the remote user connecting via, say, Skype running on the pad, can turn their virtual presence to each speaker in turn (its range is 300° pan and +/- 45° tilt) and as the remote user's image is displayed on the pad there's a more connected feeling than just having a faceless camera. The Kubi also has an internal battery so it can operate unplugged for up to 4 hours (depending on the amount of use).
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Infonetics Research is forecasting positive growth trends in the coming years for the Unified Communications (UC) market.
In its 2014 VoIP and UC Services and Subscribers report, Infonetics forecasts that by 2018, VoIP services revenue will hit $88 billion. In contrast, for 2013, Infonetics reported that the global market for VoIP services brought in $68 billion in revenue, an eight percent gain over 2012.
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For better or for worse, technology has made it possible for advisers to communicate with clients in many different ways. Time has become one of our clients' most valued currencies, so instead of letters that take days to arrive, we send e-mails that are delivered in milliseconds. The requisite in-person client meeting has also begun to evolve, giving way to more frequent virtual meetings using video conferencing as the medium.
Every firm and their clientele are obviously different, so many of your clients may still prefer the traditional in-person meeting. But the next generation of clients lives within their technology and uses it to its utmost advantage. Why not take advantage of available technology to make sure your clients are getting the most personal attention -- and human interaction -- possible?
Oculus creator: "If you can perfectly simulate reality, why do you need to actually go see people in real life?"
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Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift must expand beyond visuals and allow for touch-based human-to-human interaction, creator Palmer Luckey said in a new interview from PAX East in Boston, Mass. All of this is in the way of creative a fully immersive experience that makes you feel like you're really in a "virtual reality," Luckey said.
"[Virtual reality], it can't just be a visual thing. If VR remains a visual only thing, then certainly we'll never replace human touch-based interactions," Luckey said in a group interview captured by Maximum PC. "But for many interactions, it could."
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If a proposed grant comes through, Columbia County's Health and Human Services Department might someday be able to offer access to a psychiatrist via live interactive videoconferencing.
Access to psychiatric care is one of the challenges identified in a 2013 study of Columbia County's mental health services, commissioned by the County Board and conducted by White Pine Consulting Service of Waupaca.
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Video conferencing is rife with potential manners pitfalls - distraction, snacking, bad hair. Don't make these mistakes! Follow Modern Manners Guy's tips on the rules of polite video conferencing.
Nowadays people are using the internet to communicate in all sorts of rapid ways. From email, to tweets, to Facebook, to video calls, if you want to get a hold of someone a thousand miles away, you can do so in a split second. Many businesses have turned to video conferencing platforms like Skype or Google+ to bring clients, coworkers, and customers who are not in close proximity into the same virtual room.
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Entatech UK Ltd has announced a new distribution agreement with networking manufacturer ZTE Corporation.
ZTE is a provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, with operations in over 160 countries. Its portfolio includes routers, managed wireless, video conferencing and switching products for both B2B and B2C customers.
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New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.
EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)--the FBI's massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans.
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WebRTC has been a hot topic in the unified communications industry for several years. For some time now, many people have said that WebRTC technology is a crucial change for the video conferencing market which signals the end of flash-based video conferencing. In our opinion, WebRTC is far more likely to be a "bubble" which may burst under certain market conditions. Today, we will look at this topic from a fresh perspective.
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Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Skype is getting a big upgrade amid threats to both Windows and Office. Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains the implications in the following video.
Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled Skype TX for professional broadcasters. The idea is to appeal to those in the production business by offering a more robust version of the VoiP platform that Mr. Softy acquired for $8.5 billion in 2011.
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REDLANDS>> Citrus Valley High School students interested in taking Latin have the option to do so, only the class is not offered on their campus.
Through the district's TelePresence program, courses are broadcast from one campus to another -- giving students more options in the classes available to them.
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Some boutique medical practices are offering Skype sessions with doctors as an instant communication bonus to their clients, for a price. And modern communication will likely change how all of us eventually communicate with our doctors. But, some medical experts are concerned that it could be destructive to practicing good medicine.
One boutique startup in Philadelphia trying out this Skype approach is R-Health. For a $79 monthly subscription, the company offers family doctor services, plus some modern accessories.
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Cisco Systems has boosted its videoconferencing lineup with the introduction of several new products in a bid to offer video collaboration solutions for companies and meeting rooms of all sizes.
PCWorld reports Cisco is targeting the surprisingly dysfunctional conference room market by offering improved video conferencing products designed for conference rooms of varying sizes.