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Dive into Project Rigel and the Skype for Business Meeting Device Portfolio

November 22, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Learn about Project Rigel, a native Skype for Business-based meeting solution that scales from small huddle rooms all the way to large conference rooms. We showcase the Skype Meeting Experience powered by Project Rigel, powered by the hardware of Logitech and other partners and show you how you can incorporate the Skype Meeting Experience seamlessly into your meeting environment.


Apple Considers Wearables Expansion With Digital Glasses

November 15, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Apple Inc. is weighing an expansion into digital glasses, a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing, according to people familiar with the matter.

While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer's field of vision, and may use augmented reality, the people said. They asked not to be identified speaking about a secret project.


ORBI Prime: The First 360 Video Recording Eyewear - Indiegogo

November 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Designed to be powerful, aesthetic and comfortable, ORBI Prime lets anyone create incredible 360º videos and images. With our industry-leading video-stitching and editing software, you can shoot and share your experiences across your favorite social networks with built-in WiFi. 90 minutes of recording time and a water-resistant design makes ORBI Prime an ideal choice for your next adventure.


Behind the Music: How "Robot Drone Man" Built His Flying Avatar

November 8, 2016 | Telepresence Options


The most entertaining video we posted on Video Friday a couple weeks ago was almost certainly Robot Drone Man, a parody of this PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) video, which for some reason has 150 million views on YouTube. Parody or not, Robot Drone Man actually exists, and it's a project of Ilhan Bae, a researcher and futurist at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), who wrote in to tell us about it.


Microsoft Teams: What about guest support, an Education version, and other questions answered

November 3, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Microsoft launched on November 2 its answer to team-collaboration darling Slack, called Microsoft Teams. The web-based chat addition to Office 365 is available in preview form, with general availability slated for the first quarter of 2017.

At yesterday's unveiling, I had a chance to ask a few questions about the product and got answers that hopefully fill in a few missing information gaps.


Microsoft Research paper on touch sensitive VR technologies: NormalTouch and TextureTouch

November 3, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Virtual reality headsets made by Oculus, HTC, Sony and others can drive powerful audio-visual immersion, but one aspect of immersive user interfaces is still literally out of reach. That's what Microsoft Research aims to change.

This week, Microsoft Corp.'s research arm is publishing a white paper on a pair of new prototype systems that provide "haptic feedback" or touch feedback about virtual reality. Researchers there have produced two prototype controller systems that "push back" when a person interacts with a virtual object, according to the paper, which will be presented at the Association for Computer Machinery's User Interface Software and Technology Symposium this week in Tokyo.

   NormalTouch and TextureTouch: High-fidelity 3D Haptic Shape Rendering on Handheld Virtual Reality Controlle... by Telepresence Options on Scribd


Tiny Bubbles and Force Fields: Feeling the Virtual World With Ultrasound

November 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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I pushed my hand forward, palm down, until I could see it on the laptop screen. My real-life hand interrupted a virtual stream of bubbles that I felt gently popping against my palm.

Wow. I left my hand there for a long time--the touch of bubbles popping is actually quite pleasant, particularly in a virtual world, where you're not getting wet and slimy from bubble soap.


DVE Launches Camera Embedded Eye Contact Telepresence Display Powered By Microsoft® Skype® , Vidyo® , Google® Hangouts® , Zoom® , Cisco® , Polycom® and Blue Jeans®

October 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options


IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) announced today it has launched the DVE Huddle Room™ Eye Contact Display with multi-vendor soft client access and HD broadcast camera optics.  End users today want to use their meeting rooms with many PC/Mac applications for video collaboration, but have been limited by less-than-optimal web cameras mounted on top of displays.  The experience has been extremely poor with degraded images and a camera capturing people looking down and away with no eye contact.  DVE, the world leader in a new generation of broadcast video collaboration systems, has now created an application-based broadcast solution retrofitted into the DVE Huddle Room™.  The DVE Huddle Room™ is now installed in over 25 countries and is utilized by leaders of industry, education, and government.  DVE's unique Eye Contact Display System connects to all desktop and room telepresence endpoints and also now produces augmented reality live calls to DVE's award winning holographic and transparent displays.



Google's Jamboard - Touch-sensitive whiteboard/display to take on Microsoft Surface Hub

October 27, 2016 | Telepresence Options


There is nothing better for collaboration than to huddle around a whiteboard and mind-map your way around a problem. Artistic ability aside, the process of writing large on a shared space can be incredibly useful. But when it comes to digitizing, sharing, and integrating the results into our business processes, the whiteboard remains stubbornly analog. Most of us just grab a picture of the results with a smartphone and move on. Google's new Jamboard might just change that.


Microsoft unveils Surface Studio FOLDING desktop PC with wafer-thin touchscreen and a giant hinge

October 27, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Microsoft has announced a new all-on-one desktop PC called the Surface Studio, which doubles up as a giant digital drawing board for creative professionals.

Unveiled at a product launch event in New York, the Surface Studio has a 28-inch high-definition touchscreen that is just 1.3mm thick and outputs 13.5 million pixels - 63% more than a 4K television.


Starleaf launches GTm 5140 Huddle Room Videoconferencing System

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StarLeaf, the leading video conferencing and calling provider, announces the general availability of its Skype for Business meeting room solution, the StarLeaf GTm 5140 Huddle, a native professional video conferencing system that works directly with Microsoft Skype for Business, and which offers the best price performance and feature set on the market today.


"Portals" put life-size telepresence experience in shipping containers scattered around 16 global cities.

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


My two new college-aged friends -- at least I think we're friends, we just met -- love to hang out with their friends, shop and hit the beach when it's not too crowded. One of them loves horror movies, the other is really into action films. They've both gearing up for exams coming up in their studies of English and French literature.

The only thing unusual about these students, really, is that they live in Gaza. I met them inside a golden shipping container parked on the St. Edward's University campus in Austin and our 20-minute introductory chat was via videoconference.


Life on the Shore-Based Team: the Other Half of a Telepresence Expedition

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


The waves of Narragansett Bay break gently on the rocky beach at the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography, as vacationing families jockey for prime sunbathing real estate. It's not your typical research cruise environment--I feel a bit guilty about the brief respite out of solidarity for my sleep-deprived colleagues on Atlantis--but such is the life of the shore-side team.


Avaya Converges UC, Conferencing User Experiences

October 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Avaya today announced the long-awaited convergence of the unified communications and conferencing user experience, or UX, into a new platform it calls Avaya Equinox. This should be a welcome evolution for enterprises using Avaya Aura for audio, Web, and video conferencing, as well as for those using the Scopia video conferencing solution Avaya gained in the 2012 acquisition of Radvision.


Nolan Bushnell's Modal VR launches next-generation virtual reality platform for enterprises

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Nolan Bushnell, the cofounder of Atari and father of modern video games, is back with a new startup creating a virtual reality platform for enterprises.

Modal VR enables companies to set up virtual reality experiences t hat are life-size and large-scale, like setting up a field for a new kind of laser tag game or a shared virtual tourism experience.


Shiseido app TeleBeauty applies virtual makeup for videoconferencing women

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Have a meeting online but no time to do your makeup? No problem with this technology.

Telecommuting has yet to catch on in Japan, where logging long hours at the office by your physical presence, regardless of your work efficiency, is still required at many corporations.

Shiseido is trying help Japan change its work ethic and make life easier for female teleworkers through a new cosmetic technology called TeleBeauty.


MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions' launches wearable videoconferencing platform for field technicians

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Seattle-based mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc., is launching their wearable technology platform to enhance customer support in the Pacific Northwest. The MacLens eyewear, an industrial grade wearable computing device powered by Nashville, Tenn.-based XOEye Technologies, captures and streams high fidelity audio and visual content, enabling first-person point-of-view (POV).


GOLE2: The $69 mini-PC with the 5MP 90 degree wide angle lens on IndieGoGo

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


IndieGoGo announces the Gole2 mini-PC. It comes in two versions, the Intel Z8350 runs Windows 10 and comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB Flash, the Allwinner A64 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 version runs Phoenix OS based on Android and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash. Both version come with 5 megapixel 90-degree wide angle camera supports Full HD 1080p video conferencing.


Valorem shows off telepresence system using Hololens and stereoscopic camera

October 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options


ISV Valorem Consulting, who has developed a number of HoloLens apps, has just shown of a new project, HoloBeam Tech, which promise to offer a 3D telepresence system for the price of a set of stereoscopic cameras and a HoloLens headset.


Apple loses patent retrial, owes $302.4 million to VirnetX

October 3, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Apple has been ordered to pay $302.4 million to the patent holding and security software company VirnetX for infringing patents covering secure computer and mobile communications.

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