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10 for 10: Top ten new features of Pexip Infinity 10

July 31, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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With the release of the 10th version of Pexip Infinity, the platform sees another wave of new usability and administration features.

Improving the user experience is important to Pexip. And it is important for you, the customer, for both the user and the administrator. Pexip continually strives towards further improving the industry's most flexible meeting platform.

 
 

Move over Skype, Facetime, Hangouts. Here comes Spreedbox, a fully open source, secure videoconferencing solution

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Following the trend of privacy-respecting products and projects coming out of Europe (e.g., ownCloud, Kolab, and Plasma Mobile), German firm struktur AG has started a Kickstarter project called Spreedbox, which aims to offer a secure audio video conferencing service. According to the project page, "The Spreedbox is a unique device for secure audio/video conferencing, text and video messaging and file sharing. The Spreedbox is your own conferencing, meeting and file exchange service on the Internet and puts the control and security of your data into your own hands."

 
 

An Interview with Sphericam Founder Jeffrey Martin About VR Imaging

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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We spoke with the founder of Sphericam, Jeffrey Martin, on the future of the company's 360-degree spherical camera lineup and where virtual reality imaging may be headed in the next decade. The Sphericam 2 has already surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal of $150,000, collecting over $400,000, with two days of the campaign remaining. Dive into this interview to learn what challenges the team faced and what they have around the corner.

 
 

Rap artist Chief Keef defies arrest warrants by appearing via telepresence hologram... Cops pull the plug

July 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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In an interesting sign of the times, Chief Keef, a rap artist with multiple arrest warrants in Illinois, was circumventing the law by performing via telepresence hologram in neighboring Hammond, Indiana when police decided to pull the plug. The incident is one of a growing number of examples where individuals wanted by governments and law enforcement agencies are using telepresence to speak with audiences. Edward Snowden has been using a BEAM telepresence robot to work with the ACLU in New York and has even given a TED Talk via the telepresence device.

 
 

The Telepresence Options Telegraph Newsletter - July 22nd 2015

July 24, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

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Lifesize Cloud Amplify Gives Everyone in the Company their own YouTube Channel

July 22, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

LifeSize_Cloud_Amplify.jpgLifesize, the videoconferencing division of Logitech, has been deftly transforming into one of the leading providers of cloud-based video calling from its traditional hardware-based videoconferencing roots. The company flexed their continually developing cloud muscles this week and rolled out Lifesize Cloud Amplify, a cloud-based recording tool that allows anyone in an organization to record video and videoconferences from any device and immediately upload the content to their own "YouTube channel" with the ability to control who can watch, share, and comment.

 
 

Telemedicine pods open in Ohio drugstores

July 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - When Steve Cashman's 10-year-old daughter got swimmer's ear, he went from issues with paperwork at an Ohio pharmacy clinic to being sent to an urgent care, and back to the pharmacy for a prescription. And he couldn't help but think - There had to be a better way to deal with minor and common health conditions.

But unlike a lot frustrated people, this Columbus resident is also a serial technology entrepreneur who happened to be on a six-month leave trying to figure out his next opportunity. His idea: create telemedicine kiosks where retail pharmacy customers could engage with a certified medical provider through telemedicine.

 
 

Visual Collaboration @ InfoComm 2015 - Trends & Best-of-Show Awards

July 9, 2015 | Howard Lichtman

TPO_InfoComm_Best_of_Show.jpgAs we like to point out every year, InfoComm is one of our favorite shows because there are so few venues where you can actually go and "kick-the-tires" on so many visual collaboration offerings under one roof. It is also a pleasure to get to see so many old friends and make new ones. This year InfoComm set a new all-time high attendance record with 39,105 attendees from 108 countries visiting 950 exhibitors in 515,000 square feet of exhibit space. As usual there were new trends and new solutions for visual collaboration. Check out our update on the trends and Best-of-Show Winners for: Best New Product, Best Interactive Display, Best Visual Collaboration Solution for Creatives, and more!

 
 

Grandstream Launch $4000 Android Video Conferencing System

July 7, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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As the android operating system continues to evolve, it is clear that Google see the end result of android being one which is as business and enterprise oriented as it is a personal operating system. This has become even clearer since Google introduced Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and Android M. Both of which, place more of an emphasis on business with their various Android for Work features, services and improved security and privacy aspects.

 
 

Medical Marijuana Prescriptions in Minutes Using Telemedicine

July 1, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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I'll begin this story with a disclaimer: I rarely smoke weed. Aside from the few times that I've tried it recreationally, marijuana has never really appealed to me as it does to the millions of Americans who light up for medical purposes or just for fun.

Perhaps that's what makes my experience with Eaze, an on-demand weed delivery marketplace, all the more surreal. Last Friday while sitting in my friend's living room, I was able to get a preview of the company's new app-based feature, which allows users to consult with a doctor via their mobile phones or computers for medical marijuana assessments. Within an hour I used Eaze to video conference with a doctor, receive a marijuana recommendation and purchase an eighth of an ounce of "Sour Diesel" for delivery. The cannabis arrived shortly after the sausage and pepperoni pizza I had ordered to accompany it.

 
 

Skype Alternatives, Part 2: Edward Snowden's Recommendations

June 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Juan S. Galt / The Cointelegraph

Continuing the search for secure, cross-platform, end-to-end encrypted chat and VoIP communication software, this article is part 2 of a series on encrypted Skype alternatives.

Skype, Microsoft's voice over IP (VoIP) software, has been shown to be insecure on various levels over the years. The Snowden leaks have revealed it to be more of a mass surveillance malware than a secure communications platform.

 
 

Google's new $2000 Chromebox for Meetings pack supports larger spaces

June 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Early last year Google announced Chromebox for Meetings, a virtual meeting solution that provides companies with conferencing hardware, software and support. The collection of hardware is powered by an Asus Chromebox, and uses Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps to communicate with others remotely.

 
 

Lenovo's $129 Stick PC will do Videoconferencing

June 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Lenovo has officially entered the PC stick game with the announcement of the Ideacentre Stick 300 on June 23. The stick is designed to plug into any display to give it PC capabilities, such as Web browsing and video conferencing. Lenovo has specified that the Ideacentre Stick 300 will debut on retail shelves this fall in the U.S., starting at $129.

 
 

Online Meeting Service Join.me Expands To Video, Still No Download Required

June 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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As anyone who has attended online meetings knows, traditional software with its clunky user interfaces and required software installations was in need of a change. That's why LogMeIn's online meeting service join.me has for some time now offered an advantage: you could quickly host or join online meetings for free, then chat and share screens without cumbersome software downloads.

 
 

Panasonic Announces 4K Integrated PTZ Camera

June 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Panasonic rolled out the professional video industry's first integrated 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera, the AW-UE70. The AW-UE70 delivers 3840 x 2160 resolution images at 29.97p/25p via HDMI, and is also capable of 4K IP streaming and in-camera 4K recording.

 
 

InfoComm 2015 - New Announcement Roundup

June 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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InfoComm 2015, the largest show in the world that brings together the leading firms and technologies in visual collaboration, telepresence, videoconferencing and a thousand other information technologies kicked off on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of the cool technologies that are going to be making their debut at the show. Please check back for our annual Best of Show awards in the coming week.

 
 

InFocus Launches Saturn: A multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing

June 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Saturn, from InFocus, is a multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing using multiple configurable ultra-narrow-bezel HD displays that can be customized for any wall size. Saturn is different from a basic video wall with an integrated video conferencing multipoint control unit (MCU) server that allows users to instantly configure and change each input image to any number of the displays.

 
 

Collaboration Squared introduces Ubiety Room - transform any meeting room based PC|Mac|Chromebox into a fully interoperable video conference system

June 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Collaboration Squared, a global conferencing and collaboration service provider, today announced the launch of Ubiety Room, an app & cloud service that turns any meeting room based PC | Mac | Chromebox into a fully interoperable video conference system.

Think traditional video conference endpoint functionality, but using the existing multipurpose compute hardware customers already have in meeting rooms. With the Ubiety Room software these devices can video call from Ubiety Room to Ubiety Room, but more importantly to/from traditional vide conference endpoints like Cisco/Polycom/LifeSize, Lync/Skype users, Cisco Jabber users, Ubiety users, Ubiety meetings and even can call into other bridge vendors such as Cisco/Polycom/Blue Jeans meetings. All meaning customers can leverage their existing investments/infrastructure/services. Included is also call escalation to 25 sites from the room device and a free Ubiety virtual meeting room per Ubiety Room customer as well.

 
 

Oculus reveals its consumer Rift VR headset

June 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Three long years after Oculus unveiled its VR headset to the world, it now finally has one ready for consumers. Say hello to the Rift headset that you can actually buy. It features two OLED screens that promises clarity and a wide field of view. It also has a tracking system which CEO Brendan Iribe says has a very low latency movement that the company has refined over the years. Interestingly, there's also now an external sensor that you can put on your desk, which replaces the webcam-like sensor from earlier Oculus headsets. They've also integrated a pair of headphones into the headset itself, which Iribe says has that 360-degree spatialized audio that's so integral to a more immersive environment. And yes, you can remove them to add your own headphones. The headset itself is designed to fit better. There's a dial to better adjust the distance between your eyes (also known as the interpupillary distance), plus the whole thing is covered in cloth for more comfort. And if you wear glasses? No problem, because it now fits those of us with corrective lenses as well.

 
 

The Untold Story of Microsoft's Surface Hub

June 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Jeff Han's fingers are dancing across an expansive, wall-mounted touch screen. Planet Earth spins in front of him in computer-generated form; he grabs it with both hands and starts to zoom in. He keeps going--Western Hemisphere, North America, United States, Pacific Northwest--until we're finally staring at a prosaic industrial area alongside a highway.

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