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Japan's First Airlines takes passengers on simulated flight to virtual destination

February 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options


This one's a trip. Japanese airline-themed restaurant First Airlines, offers visitors a First class flying experience that includes a virtual reality immersive tour of Hawaii, New York, Paris or Rome.


Buffalo Pacific Raises $5M for Community Portal to Deliver Expert Services Via Telepresence

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Troy, Ohio (February 6, 2018) - Buffalo Pacific LLC announced today that it has opened its first Community Portal of its nationwide outreach vision, located in Troy, Ohio. The Troy Community Portal is the world's first telepresence-enabled facility that combines financial, education and health/ wellness services within a single site to provide access to experts around the world using "Holographical RealityTM". This futuristic technology, innovated by Buffalo Pacific and our subsidiary TelePresence Tech, is protected by 13 U.S. patents and one European Union patent and serves as the centerpiece of Buffalo Pacific's Community Portals.


Imverse's groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options


What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren't wearing a headset?


Leyard and Planar Announce 0.7mm pitch LED Video Wall - the Industry's Smallest Pixel Pitch

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options


AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018, Leyard and Planar, global leaders in visualization products, announced they are expanding their award-winning Leyard® DirectLight® LED Video Wall System product line to include the smallest fine pitch LED video wall display in the industry--a breakthrough pixel pitch of just 0.7 millimeters. The expanded line, which also includes a new 2.5 millimeter pixel pitch option, will be showcased at ISE 2018, along with several industry-leading LED solutions.


Google announces new Hangouts Meet hardware, wider Jamboard availability, and G Suite core service addition

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Google announced a number of changes to its enterprise hardware lineup today: an updated Hangouts Meet conference hardware set for larger rooms, wider distribution and new AI-assisted functionality for its interactive whiteboard-like Jamboard device, and the inclusion of the Jamboard app as a core service in the G Suite.


New VC520+ conferencing system offers plug and play

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options


The new VC520+ Professional Video Conferencing System from AVer is being showcased at ISE, along with the announcement of the company's Tri-Protocol support for the Orbit Series SVC100 Endpoint Video Conferencing System.


Highfive raises $32M Series C led by leading global technology integrator to fuel growth of its modern video conferencing solution

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highfive, the company delivering insanely easy video conferencing, today announced that it has raised $32 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to US $77.4 million.


The Princess Leia project: 'volumetric' 3D images that float in 'thin air'

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Inspired by the iconic Stars Wars scene with Princess Leia in distress, Brigham Young University engineers and physicists have created the "Princess Leia project" -- a new technology for creating 3D "volumetric images" that float in the air and that you can walk all around and see from almost any angle.


Don't Waste Live Holographic Video Conferencing on Meetings, Take a Friend Virtual Dancing

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


If reality were more like movies and music videos, we'd all have kicked back our chair, jumped up on the conference table and danced ourselves out of a meeting at least once in our lives. Sadly, however, I've never done it, and I don't know anyone who has.


'Human Uber' Lets a Surrogate Socialize For You

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Has the process of interacting with other human beings become too much for you, but you don't have the heart to ditch your social obligations completely? Then you'll be very interested in what virtual reality researcher Jun Rekimoto showed off at MIT Tech Review's EmTech conference in Asia this week.


Sharp goes large with launch of first 4K Big Pad

February 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options


The Big Pad, an interactive display with a 4K LCD touch panel, is being launched at ISE by Sharp. The 70in 4K Big Pad (PN-70TH5) adds to Sharp's range of displays for sharing information in meetings and lessons, the company stated. It will be on sale this month.


Inside South Korea's Space 360 spherical projection theater

January 30, 2018 | Telepresence Options


In 2006, famous movie director Steven Spielberg outlined his idea on what movie theaters of the future could look like. "Some day in the not too distant future you'll be able to go to a movie and the movie will be all around you. The movie will be over your head, it will be a 360 degrees around you, even be a little bit under you," he said in an interview with Time magazine.

A decade later, his words are becoming reality as spherical immersive 360 theaters are starting to emerge around the world. One of them has been recently built in South Korea. Ukrainian creative studio Front Pictures was responsible for engineering and installing the projection system and software.


New Holostream tech allows high-quality wireless 3-D video communications

January 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options


"'The Holostream system includes four major modules,' Song Zhang, an associate professor at Purdue, told Digital Trends. '[There's] a high-accuracy and high-resolution 3D video acquisition module that achieves camera pixel resolution at 30Hz; a novel 3D video compression module that substantially reduces 3D video data size; a 3D video streaming module that delivers compressed 3D video contents and decompresses the videos in real time; and 3D video visualization modules that allows the mobile device users to naturally access and interact with high-quality 3D video contents in real time at a remote location across standard networks.'"


Samsung's 146" consumer display is called "The Wall" and it is MicroLED. Get the details.

January 18, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and imaegs by Wired

THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY invites jargon like few others, an alphabet soup of specs and techs. Some of these convey important information; others emerged, devoid of any useful meaning, from the marketing gloaming. In that spirit, The Wall, Samsung's new 146-inch stunner, invokes a term as yet unfamiliar the broader TV-buying audience: MicroLED.


The BeamPro 2 telepresence robot has wide-angle HD cameras and a 24-inch touchscreen

January 14, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Suitable Technologies, maker of the Beam range of telepresence robots, has unveiled the BeamPro 2, its latest high-end device. Like all telepresence bots, the BeamPro 2's main function is Skype on wheels: it lets employees call into their workplace remotely and trundle around it with the help of an app. It's fun, if not always practical.


LG Display's giant rollable OLED TV is indistinguishable from magic

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options


LG Display showcased its very first rollable OLED screen a few years ago at CES, but it was clearly in its early prototype stages. Guy with white gloves, no touching .etc, etc. Sure, exciting but also distant. Now, the world's first rollable 65-inch 4K OLED display offers a more realistic (yet still kinda crazy) use for OLED tech that's flexible -- something that we'll probably see in a few -- probably premium -- TV models in the next few years. .


HP Z 3D Camera To Scan Objects Using Non-HP Computers

January 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options


[CES 2018] HP has been pioneering the field of object-scanning in the PC space since 2014. We covered HP's efforts with the HP Sprout Pro in 2016, followed by the HP Sprout G2 just last year (watch our demo video). Both work on the principle of having a tight integration between PC, Monitor and 3D Camera. While the experience was great, there was one friction point: you needed to change/upgrade your PC setup with a very specific hardware. HP solves this by launching the HP Z 3D camera, which is a standalone version.


Altia Systems Launches PanaCast 2s, the First Panoramic-5K 180º Real-time Intelligent Vision Platform

December 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options


PanaCast 2s video enables lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world's first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, today launched PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120 x 1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that produces 78% higher resolution than Panoramic-4K video. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision end-point platform designed for use in medium to large conference rooms, compatible with any video collaboration service.


Facebook just made VR better -- by adding Microsoft Windows

December 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


With a new beta, you can do practically anything you'd do with your PC in an Oculus Rift headset.


This Humanoid Robot May be Your Next Assistant

November 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options


On November 20, Toyota revealed its latest humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which the company says "represents an evolution from previous generation instrument-playing humanoid robots," according to the company's press release. The new robot was created to assist humans safely whether at home or work, particularly in dangerous or remote areas -- even outer space. The T-HR3's third-generation robotic hardware was developed and designed by Toyota's Partner Robot Division, and is meant to facilitate "unique mobility needs."

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