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How to Choose a Video Wall for Collaboration or Retail Spaces

November 5, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Commercial Integrato

When it comes to how to choose a video wall solution - whether it's for a meeting room video collaboration platform or an interactive retail space - there are enough options to leave heads spinning.

It's one reason why Insight Media recently published a whitepaper, Evaluating Video Wall Solutions in Retail and Collaboration, aimed at helping customers make those decisions and integrators help make those recommendations.

Johnson & Johnson to open JLabs virtual networking pod in Philadelphia

October 29, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by FierceBiotech

Johnson & Johnson is broadening access to its startup incubator program with a new remote networking hub, affectionately called the JPod, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Opening Nov. 1 at the university's Pennovation Center in Philadelphia, it will allow for video conferencing between JLabs entrepreneurs and their J&J gurus across the company's global network, including developers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and digital health technologies.

Video conferencing company Zoom readies IPO, say sources: Reuters

October 29, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by PE Hub Network

Zoom Video Communications Inc, a conferencing company started by an early engineer at collaboration software maker Webex, is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Zoom is aiming to be valued in the IPO at several billion dollars more than the $1 billion valuation it achieved in its most recent funding round in 2017, when it received $100 million from venture capital firm Sequoia, the sources said.

Reimagining the whiteboard workflow

October 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by AV Magazine

Video conferencing systems are great for sharing audio and video content, but a lot of productivity occurs on traditional whiteboards which cannot be effectively shared with remote participants. This was the motivation behind creating Kaptivo, the capture system that attaches to the top of any whiteboard, saves images and then shares content in realtime via livestreaming through a web browser or video conference integration. Whether the product is being used in a classroom, huddle room or office, the Kaptivo team is hoping to help turn the whiteboard into a powerful collaboration tool.

"Kaptivo, especially with the KaptivoCast accessory which enables HDMI connectivity, bridges the gap and enables every whiteboard in your organisation to be used as part of your remote collaboration workflow," says Adrian Cable, president/cto, Kaptivo.

IX Reach celebrates connecting 50 IXPs to its global network

October 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Manchester, United Kingdom - 23rd October 2018: IX Reach, a leading global provider of wholesale connectivity solutions, specialists in remote peering and SDN direct interconnectivity to all the major cloud providers is proud to announce that its remote peering capability now extends to 50 Internet Exchanges (IXPs) worldwide.

IX Reach is thrilled to have recently signed its 50th global remote peering partner agreement. Peering is beneficial for three key reasons: it lessens the need for IP transit significantly reducing network costs, it increases redundancy and it improves network resiliency providing a better end user experience. IX Reach has upgraded its peering fabric one step further by offering it remotely; a network needn't be in the same location as an IXP - it just needs access and interconnectivity to the IX Reach network.

A Smart Meeting Notes App Will Improve Your Video Conferences

October 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

There will come a day when attending a video conference with a pen in your hand is going to mark you out as a time-waster. You're certainly going to look a little tech naïve. After all, there are a range of video conference meeting notes apps currently available that will digitally record and instantly share all the important points that come up during a conversation, and the tech is only going to get more intelligent as the years pass.

So, why the pen? With a meeting notes app doing all the transcribing work, your colleagues would be justified in assuming you're going to spend the meeting drawing caricatures of them, doodling cubes in your notebook, or scribbling lines for your movie script.

Vimeo now lets you live stream 3D hologram video

October 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mashable

Holograms aren't just for Tupac or Princess Leia anymore.

That's what Vimeo shares in a new blog post about how it is bringing live streamed "volumetric content" to the masses. Or, at least the creative filmmakers and somewhat technologically savvy masses.

i3 Delivers a Video Conferencing Whiteboard to Improve Your Screen

October 11, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

Video conferencing screens aren't what they used to be. That's because they're no longer exclusively used for video conferences. Now, it's common to create a more efficient workplace and workflow by combining technologies into single, multifaceted devices that act more as central hubs than stand-alone equipment.

If you began your video conferencing experience as a social user or in a small business, you probably didn't give much thought to the screen in front of you as you made your call. If you were using Skype on a desktop computer or FaceTime on your mobile, you didn't really have a choice. Even if you were part of a larger video call in a conference room setup, the screen was probably little more than a flat-screen TV pressed into service through an HDMI connection.

Why I'm done with Chrome

October 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering

This blog is mainly reserved for cryptography, and I try to avoid filling it with random "someone is wrong on the Internet" posts. After all, that's what Twitter is for! But from time to time something bothers me enough that I have to make an exception. Today I wanted to write specifically about Google Chrome, how much I've loved it in the past, and why -- due to Chrome's new user-unfriendly forced login policy -- I won't be using it going forward.

A brief history of Chrome

When Google launched Chrome ten years ago, it seemed like one of those rare cases where everyone wins. In 2008, the browser market was dominated by Microsoft, a company with an ugly history of using browser dominance to crush their competitors. Worse, Microsoft was making noises about getting into the search business. This posed an existential threat to Google's internet properties.

This Minority Report tech is here to make video conferences suck less

October 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Wired

Beep, beep, beep. The alarm is a tad annoying, but Tara Foster doesn't mind. She's got a day of meetings ahead of her - and a few hours by plane to get there. "I'm everywhere," the 38-year-old social media marketer-slash-TV producer says. "I live in Sydney, now I am in Ireland, a few weeks ago I was in Switzerland, and before that in the Netherlands. Last year I went around the world three times."

All this travel just to sit down with a bunch of people - her clients - and help them tell their stories on social media. It's all talk, talk, talk though - so why fly around, wasting money, causing pollution, and enduring hours in noise-cancelling headphones munching bland airplane food, if you can just make a video call?

Creepy New Facebook 'Portal' Camera Follows You Around the Room

October 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InfoWars

Becoming the latest company to enter the smart-speaker market after Amazon Alexa and Google Home, Facebook rolled out a pair of voice-controlled devices that are optimized for video calling.

"Portal's smart camera follows the action, keeping you in frame and everyone in view," states the promo for the product.

Huddly IQ launches as part of Crestron Flex UC at Microsoft Ignite

September 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Huddly

Huddly is delighted to announce that our newly launched Huddly IQ camera is featured in Crestron's Flex UC series, unveiled today at Microsoft Ignite. IQ is part of the M100 all-in-one tabletop UC and AV solution and the B100 wall-mount smart soundbar. Both solutions natively run Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business, with one-touch join capability and management via Crestron's XiO Cloud platform.

Joe Sarrasin, Product Line Manager, Unified Communications at Crestron comments "Crestron is delighted to work with a camera partner who was both willing and able to work with us to bring our UC offerings to the next level. Huddly has been the ideal partner and their IQ camera technology allows Crestron's Flex UC Lineup to stand apart with industry-leading picture quality, features, and analytics. The Huddly camera will also improve over time with new AI software features, so Microsoft Teams users have a lot to look forward to with Crestron Flex."

Avaya Scopia Video Conferencing Review: VC & XT

September 20, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Leaders in communication endpoints and software, Avaya offers an exceptional opportunity for companies that want to embrace the potential of both hardware and software for an all-in-one video conferencing solution.

Avaya Scopia, available in the form of Video Conferencing (VC) and the XT Telepresence platform, provides an immersive video experience that replicates in-person meetings. Highly customisable, these unique video services are ideal for meetings, conference calls, and interviews. Here, we'll explore the Scopia portfolio in further depth. Avaya's Scopia system falls into the categories of both Unified Communication and Endpoints offerings in their portfolio.

Google lets companies livestream meetings to 100,000 people through Hangouts Meet

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Google has announced that G Suite Enterprise subscribers will now be able to livestream meetings to up to 100,000 people across the company.

The feature is being added to Hangouts Meet, G Suite's videoconferencing platform, which came about after Google revealed last year that it was splitting the Hangouts platform into two core services: Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like platform for teams that finally launched out of beta earlier this year, and Hangouts Meet.

Your Video Infrastructure Faces End-of-Life: Now What?

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Until more recently, the best route to enable professional, high-quality video conferencing was through infrastructure. The cost of procuring, managing, and supporting this infrastructure was simply accepted as a cost of doing business.

Who Will Rule the Enterprise Video Conferencing Market?

August 29, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

The enterprise video conferencing market is your new billion-dollar tech industry. Depending on who you trust to predict the financial future, the reward for putting businesses in face-to-face contact with each other and their clients is going to be worth a lot.

Depending on what prediction you look at, it could reach a market value of $7.9 billion by 2023, $8.9 billion by 2025, or $10.5 billion by 2026. That's big business no matter who ends up being right. All of the Big 5 tech companies are on board to some degree, new innovations are released every year, and it has been estimated that 86% of U.S. businesses will use video conferencing to communicate this year.

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.

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iPad face, robot body

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3D Research and Application

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Polycom Acquires Accordent

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Low-cost Video Chat Robot

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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