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Zoom Launches Zoomtopia User Conference with Inaugural Event Sept 26th in Silicon Valley

July 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - July 19, 2017) - Zoom Video Communications, the leading provider of enterprise cloud communications technology, today announced Zoomtopia, the company's first annual user conference. Zoomtopia, which will be held in San Mateo, CA on September 26th, will highlight the future of collaboration through seminars, interactive breakout sessions, and panel discussions. Topics covered include effective meetings, the workplace of the future, embedding Zoom into workflows, and IT change management.


2017 Skype Update Review: Mimicking Snapchat Takes the App Away from Video Calling

July 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


If you can't beat them, dress just like them and stand right up close to them.

That seems to be the idea behind Skype's first big makeover in more than a decade. The update, currently available on Android with iOS, Mac, and PC to follow, adds a whole new interface to Skype and seems aimed at making it more of a messaging service.


Amazon possibly working on new stand-alone messaging app called Anytime

July 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Messaging apps dominate the top charts of the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Despite there being dozens of different apps in the category, many of them have managed to garner millions of users. It appears as though Amazon wants a piece of the action and is working on their own stand-alone messaging app called Anytime.


How to 'talk' to your computer or car with hand or body poses

July 17, 2017 | Telepresence Options

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have developed a system that can detect and understand body poses and movements of multiple people from a video in real time -- including, for the first time, the pose of each individual's fingers.


You can now stream to Facebook Live from inside virtual reality

July 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


If you don't think your real life is interesting enough to livestream to your friends, you're in luck. Facebook Inc. announced today that you can now livestream from virtual reality using the Facebook Spaces app, giving your friends "a window into your VR world."


Théoriz recreates the Holodeck with AR tech and projectors

July 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options


If you had to list the most mind-blowing tech demos in recent memory, Microsoft's Hololens AR headset would need to be included, as would its projector-enhanced Illumiroom. A company called Théoriz from Lyon, France has married both of those things to create a "mixed reality room" that uses projector tech, motion tracking and augmented reality together. Its latest technology demo video made it seem like we're closer to Star Trek's Holodeck than ever before, so we went to take a closer look.


BlueJeans Huddle Review - Video Conferencing System

July 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Founded in 2009, Blue Jeans is a California-based company that provides an interoperable cloud-based video communications service that connects participants across a wide range of devices and conference platforms - but how do its products fair against other brands on the market?

With this in mind, we shall be taking a look at one of the brand's flagship products, the BlueJeans Huddle, reviewing the many features it has to offer and giving out own professional opinion on what types of businesses would benefit most from investing in it.


InfoComm 2017 - Wainhouse Research's Detailed Review

June 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Ira, Saar and Peter from Wainhouse Research review the companies and new technologies that were exhibited at InfoComm 2017

InfoComm 2017 - Wainhouse Research Detailed Coverage by Telepresence Options on Scribd


New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

June 23, 2017 | Telepresence Options


There is a great deal of excitement around virtual reality (VR) headsets that display a computer-simulated world and augmented reality (AR) glasses that overlay computer-generated elements with the real world. Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods. A new type of 3D display could solve this long-standing problem by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.


Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs just launched a robotic video conference camera

June 21, 2017 | Telepresence Options


A startup backed by Andy Rubin's Playground incubator and venture capital firm has rolled out a new hardware product, one that addresses the pain points of an unexciting but crucial area of business technology: video conferencing systems.

Owl Labs' new camera, called Owl, is a thermos-shaped, robotic video camera that captures a 360-degree view of a meeting space and automatically shifts its point of focus to show whoever is talking in the meeting. This robotic shifting is supposed to replace the remote controls or awkward manual turning of cameras that happens sometimes during video conference meetings.


Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR?

June 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


WHEN URHO KONTTORI handed me the VR headset, I almost laughed. The founder and CEO of some Finnish company I'd never heard of had just told me he and his team of 19 people had managed to leapfrog virtual reality 20 years into the future--and he gives me an Oculus Rift? "It's just the housing," he said. "We added some things inside." Fine, I thought. You've seen plenty of demos where the reality didn't match the hype. Just do it, then you can go back to the office. So I put the headset on.


Visual Collaboration at InfoComm 2017 - Let's Do Video's Booth Preview

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


This is the second, and final, part of our 2017 InfoComm preview guide. In the first part, we looked at the sessions. Now, we'll preview what some of the industry's leading vendors plan on displaying at this year's show. There are far too many vendors to possibly cover them all, but we hope this list will be a good start for you.


InFocus Expands ConX Offering With New Mondopad Flex, Bringing Boardroom Video Conferencing and Collaboration into Offices and Huddle Spaces

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InFocus Corporation ( today announces its new Mondopad Flex video collaboration system. The system features two 40-inch HD projected-capacitive touchscreens that deliver integrated video conferencing, interactive whiteboarding, presentation, annotation, and data sharing for seamless collaboration in executive offices, huddle spaces or any challenging install that requires flexibility in screen configuration. The displays can be mounted end-to-end in a horizontal array to provide a wide, cinematic presentation of shared content and video conferencing participants or mounted one above the other where wall space is limited. Easy to use directly out of the box, the feature-rich Mondopad Flex offers sleek design, bright HD displays, and the most intuitive multi-touch capabilities for any office or collaborative environment.

"There's nothing more valuable than people working together. Businesses, public agencies, and schools recognize the power of video conferencing and full-spectrum collaboration with remote colleagues and are deploying it throughout their organizations," said InFocus CEO Mark Housley. "With Mondopad Flex we've created a flexible, affordable way to extend the power of conferencing and collaboration beyond the conference room -- into offices and huddle rooms -- without compromising image quality or functionality."


Logitech MeetUp Conference Camera Targets Huddle Rooms

June 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Not all conference cameras are created equally - and very few are created for huddle rooms. That's a mistake, according to Logitech, since small meeting spaces represent a fast-growing segment for customers and for integration firms to address. That's why Logitech Meetup Conference camera, unveiled at InfoComm 2017, is specifically designed for huddle rooms.


Polycom Introduces Polycom® Pano™ - The Easiest Way to Share Content at Work

June 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The new Polycom Pano is the easiest way to share content in a business meeting and can share up to four streams of simultaneous content side-by-side, from any device, without the hassle of juggling cables, pucks or dongles. (Photo: Business Wire)

Polycom, Inc., an industry leader in enterprise grade business communication solutions, today introduced Polycom® Pano™, the easiest way to share content at work. Now anyone in a business meeting can share up to four streams of simultaneous content side-by-side, from any device, without the hassle of juggling cables, pucks or dongles.


Computer vision enables new whiteboard sharing software for video conferencing

June 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Panoramic imaging company Altia Systems has partnered with Intel to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer vision software that detects content on an existing whiteboard and displays it as an individual screen within a video conference.


Kino-mo's Hypervsn puts a different spin on holographic displays

June 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Marketers are always on the lookout for the latest way to grab a potential customer's attention - something that's not easy in our sensory-overloaded, distraction-laden world. But London-based tech startup, Kino-mo, had no trouble turning heads at CES again this year with its latest Hypervsn "holographic" display technology, which took second place at Showstoppers LaunchIt.


Microsoft Overhauls Skype to Compete With Snapchat and iMessage

June 1, 2017 | Ana Perez


Microsoft Corp.'s Skype helped pioneer modern video conferencing and instant messaging. But its power has taken a backseat in recent years to the convenience of communicating via nearly ubiquitous social networking applications like Snap Inc.'s Snapchat and Apple Inc.'s iMessage.


Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

May 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro--no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration--and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that's about all it does: those hoping for forward-looking features such as USB Type-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity will have to continue to look elsewhere.

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