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Telstra Cisco Cloud Services goes live for trial

September 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Leon Spencer / ZDNet

Telstra announced today that its Cisco Cloud Services platform in Australia has gone live in trial mode for testing by selected -- but unnamed -- Telstra customers and partners.

A Telstra spokesperson told ZDNet that the company would confirm the identities of the customers trialling the product later this year, along with the date of a broader launch for the service.

Blue Jeans Tool Measures Video Conferencing Use, Performance

September 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

Blue Jeans Network is offering IT administrators a tool designed to give them better insights into how their cloud-based collaboration service is being used.

Blue Jeans officials on Sept. 18 rolled out Command Center, which offers IT administrators greater visibility into how the Blue Jeans service is being used, how it's performing and what kind of return on investment their company is getting from the service. The Command Center tool includes everything from interactive graphs to detailed metrics into the utilization and quality of the cloud-based service, touching on both historical data and live meetings.

BallReady: Telepresence For Dog Owners

September 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Hubert Nguyen / Ubergizmo

Dogs can be great companions. Often called Man's best friend, they have become the object of much affection by their masters who treat them more like kids than pets sometime. However, the reality is that pet owners go to work, and dogs don't have much entertainment during the day.

Worse, some studies have suggested that dogs can feel distress or anxiety when left at home alone. The level of stress seems related to the alone-time for dogs in this situation. In some countries, "pets hotels" are seen as a solution to this problem, but they are expensive and not always convenient or available.

Top 10 Tips For Video Conference Meetings

September 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Angus Kidman / Lifehacker

Video meetings save travel time (and potentially the need to wear pants), but there's an art to getting the most from them. Follow these 10 tips for more effective video meetings.

Video conferencing can range from simple Google Hangouts through to dedicated rooms with high-end equipment. Whatever the technology, these tips can help ensure your conference is clear, concise and productive.

Douglas Trumball's 120 fps 4K 3D immersive film format

September 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Scott Feinberg / ISPR

On a sunny August day in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Douglas Trumbull, the 72-year-old visual effects legend, welcomes me to Little Brook Farm, the sprawling 50-acre property on which he lives and works with his wife of 13 years, Julia Trumbull, as well as an assortment of free-range donkeys, goats, chickens, roosters, cats and dogs. In addition to their home and animals, the compound also houses Trumbull Studios, a 10-building, state-of-the-art filmmaking facility that was financed with his proceeds from the IPO of IMAX Corp., where he once worked. "We're not a movie lab in the sense that we process chemicals," says Trumbull of the operation. "We're a movie lab in the sense that we're looking for the future of movies."

Trumbull drives me a short distance from his home to a full-size soundstage and escorts me into a screening room that he has constructed to meet his ideal specifications: a wide wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling curved screen, with surround sound, steeply rigged stadium seating and a 4K high-resolution projector. As I put on specially designed 3D glasses and settle into stadium seating, he tells me, with an unmistakable hint of nervousness, "You're one of the first people on the planet to see this movie."

Protect Your Privacy With These Strange Anti-Surveillance Frocks and Fashions

September 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Entrepreneur

It's not 1984, but Big Brother's all-seeing eye of surveillance is definitely watching you.

The NSA intercepts millions of private images every day for its massive facial-recognition project. Yes, Uncle Sam is snooping on you -- your text messages, your emails, your social-media posts and, fittingly, even your Facetime (and other webcam videoconferencing) sessions. All for a myriad of sketchy reasons, not just to snatch pics containing your face and others'.

Telementoring and telepresence device set to transform clinician communication before and during surgery

September 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


KARL STORZ has introduced a new product to the UK market that is set to transform the way clinicians communicate and share vital medical information before and during surgery.

VISITOR1® is an internet-based telementoring and telepresence device that makes it easy for surgeons to connect remotely to the point of care.

How to Wow an Online Job Interviewer

September 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Anne Fisher / Fortune

Dear Annie: I'm just starting my senior year in college, and the career center at my school has announced a virtual career fair, taking place in a couple of weeks, where students can "meet" a big group of potential employers online. I've been to a couple of in-person career fairs (I got a great summer internship at one of them last year), but I'm not familiar with the virtual kind. How do they work? Besides having a resume to upload, is there anything else I should do ahead of time? -- Wondering in Wisconsin

Dear W.W.: Great question. Virtual career fairs aren't new, but they're rapidly growing in popularity, in large part because they're a cost-effective way for employers to size up large numbers of far-flung candidates without having to put recruiters on airplanes.

Pexip Infinity Passes 20,000 Licenses in First Year (InfoGraphic)

September 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by AV Network

What does Pexip haveto show after one year since it launched the Infinity virtualized meeting platform? Over 20,000 licenses. In only twelve months, the industry's most innovative visual collaboration company has reached customers in more than 100 countries. Now present in thirteen countries across seventeen time zones, Pexip's platform has connected thousands of people through millions of meeting minutes, making virtual meetings as easy as writing an email or simply picking up the phone.

"Enterprises across the globe are rapidly turning to Pexip Infinity for its ability to deliver simple, high-quality, and cost-effective visual collaboration to everyone within their organizations," said Simen Teigre, CEO and co-founder of Pexip. "By providing simplicity to users, industry leading interoperability across any device, and enormous scalability through a highly flexible software platform, our largest customers are now on a run rate of up to 400 million minutes of video meetings per year. As we enter year two, we look forward to unleashing an amazing list of innovations that will continue our promise of disrupting the unified communications and collaboration space -- ensuring that virtual meetings are easily available to anyone, anywhere."

Russia's Webex, Webinar.Ru, Secures $7.3M, Just Before Sanctions Bite

September 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Nasdaq

Web-conferencing and video-conferencing software company has raised $7.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Intel Capital and EBRD and also included Flint Capital and previous investor VTB Capital. pioneered the Russian web-conferencing market and has a lot of corporate clients in the country, including Russia's biggest financial institution Sberbank, Microsoft Russia and local telecom giant Rostelecom. Over one million people now use it in the country.

Narendra Modi's Holographic Speeches Earn HologramUSA a Guinness World Record

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Shockya

Alki David's new holographic technology company HologramUSA has a storied history of working with educators, entertainment events and technology companies to create astounding, jaw-dropping holographic presentations. But as reported before, HologramUSA is also looking to get into the politics.

HologramUSA wants to recruit politicians as new customers by marketing their technology as a way for politicians to visit their potential voters in different venues at the same time or in place of them when they can't be a venue in person. The company already has a field example in Narendra Modi, who successfully ran for the position of Prime Minister of India.

Japanese Tech Firm, Miraisens, Unveils New "Touchable" 3D Technology Which May Influence 3D Printing

September 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Debra Thimmesh / The Fiscal Times

Japanese high-tech firm, Miraisens, announced that it has developed haptic technology, which closes the tactility gap that formerly existed with the virtual reality experience. Haptic technology or "haptics" simulates the sense of touch by applying vibrations, forces, or motions to the user. The company, based in Tsukuba, just outside of Tokyo, says its haptic technology "will give you a sense that you can touch objects in the 3D world."

More familiar applications for haptic technology are, for example, the video game controllers that simulate the tactile experience of automobile driving-from racing to high-speed chases. Game controllers, including steering wheels, rumble or vibrate in response to, for instance, the texture of the road surface, the speed of the vehicle. and certain driving maneuvers such as sharp turns. Miraisens' haptic technology renders earlier efforts like these somewhat quaint. "It works by fooling the brain," says Norio Nakamura, chief technical officer at Miraisens, and the inventer of 3D-Haptics Technology, "blending the images the eye is seeing with different patterns of vibration created by a small device on the fingertip."

Video Sex with your Hubby Tutorial

September 4, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Adriana Velez / The Stir

It sounds quaintly old-fashioned, but not too long ago phone sex was very much hot and happening. Sexting may be all the rage right now, but there's something incredibly intimate and exciting about actually hearing another person's voice when you're doing something naughty. Not to mention, now that we have videoconferencing technology like Skype and FaceTime, phone sex has a visual element that ramps up the fun even more.

Whether you've got a husband in the military stationed far away, or your man goes on a lot of business trips, or you're just looking for new things to try together, this is a super sexy way to connect with your guy.

The Elephant in the Video Conferencing Room

September 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mike Stead / Telepresence24

The fundamental challenge of running enterprise-wide video conferencing (VC) is keeping users happy. Happy users feel empowered, not foolish when confronted with the challenge of setting up or running a VC meeting. If you keep users happy you have most likely cut support costs while increasing utilisation - both metrics critical to any AV service manager come review time.

However for some inexplicable reason the VC industry as a whole has done a very poor job of keeping users happy. Regardless of what the respective vendor marketing departments say, most VC users consider the experience to be at best annoying, at worst completely off-putting. Integrators try to put lipstick on the vendor-grown pig, but inevitably only add cost and introduce unneeded complexity.

Using the Internet of Things to Create Cute Long-Distance Interactions

September 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Joseph Flaherty / WIRED

A child resting their head on a parent's shoulder. A squeeze of the thigh during a scary movie. These silent gestures are are a critical part of the language of love, but no words, or even emoji, can properly capture them. Israeli design student Daniel Sher has recently tried to bring these ephemeral feelings onto the Internet of Things with a collection of designs called Saying Things That Can't Be Said.

The collection takes form in three objects. I'm With You looks like an origami pine cone and acts like a walkie-talkie for heartbeats. One half of a pair holds the object over the heart and the beat is transmitted to the owner of the other half. Sending a Kiss consists of paper specimens that live inside glass chambers and when one is blown on, the other, in the shape of a butterfly, flutters. A final unnamed project summons a flurry of soap bubbles from a wall-mounted dispenser in one location when a distant loved one blows on a pinwheel in another.

The Unexpected Skill That Job Seekers Need To Get Hired

September 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Forbes

When it comes to finding a job, meeting the minimum requirements isn't enough to get you hired. There are many other qualified candidates who can check all the boxes too. So how can you gain a competitive edge?

Get ready for your close-up because video has become as essential as the resume - (even if you aren't currently looking for a job). Whether you're pounding the pavement, angling for a promotion, or building your client base, there are three types of videos you need to master.

Embrace Video

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dave Michels / No Jitter

About a year ago I noticed that video had quietly crept up as high as 50%. That struck me as odd, since it was probably single digits the year prior. I decided to try pushing video adoption even further, and now find that I'm increasingly annoyed with audio-only communications. I realize now that it's time to stop hanging on to the old and embrace video.

Not long ago, video conferencing was an expensive privilege reserved for important people and important business. Video rooms were fragile, intimidating spaces, and employees knew not to squander limited resources on trivial communications. The technological landscape has changed since then, but many organizations seem unable to shake their inculcated frugality. Video is emerging everywhere, yet many continue to ignore it.

How Much Did the Global Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment Market Rise in Q2?

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by CBR Staff Writer / CBR

The global enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment market reported 1.8% rise during the second quarter of 2014, compared to earlier quarter, while dropped 9% year over year, the latest IDC report reveals.

According to IDC's Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Equipment QView, the overall global enterprise video equipment market revenue reached $482m, with 7.2% rise in the number of video units sold quarter over quarter and 5.5% year over year.

Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That's Not Controlled by Microsoft

September 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Klint Finley / Wired

The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it's also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA's mass surveillance program.

When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that full extent of the NSA's activities last year, members of the site's tech forum started talking about the need for a more secure alternative to Skype. Soon, they'd opened a chat room to discuss the project and created an account on the code hosting and collaboration site GitHub and began uploading code.

UC Another Piece of New MegaPath Puzzle

August 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Carol Wilson / Light Reading

MegaPath's move into a broader set of unified communications (UC) services, announced earlier this week, marks a major move to bring more functionality to its hosted voice offering. But it's also the beginning of MegaPath's delivery of more diverse offerings that combine its voice and data capabilities in new ways. (See MegaPath Launches Managed UC Services.)

In fact, expect to see more from MegaPath Inc. in coming weeks as the managed services specialist ups its competitive game to exploit the service footprint it acquired in buying Speakeasy and Covad Communications. (See Mega CLEC Merger Closes and MegaPath Still on Growth Path.)

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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