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The Wainhouse Research Blog: Panopto $, Kaltura $, Cisco x2, ClearOne $, more

August 24, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Panopto Joins the Big Dollar Club and Preps for Growth

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Seattle-based Panopto, provider of enterprise and education video solutions, announced that it has secured $42.8 million in funding. This follows on to two previous Series A and B rounds that totaled $8 million. The company gave us some specifics regarding where the money is going, and Alan explores the competitive landscape and why Panopto has some runway with which to play. Read More >>

 
 

HELLO transforms any TV into the ultimate cross-platform communication device

August 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Los Angeles, CA -- Today marks the launch of a much anticipated Kickstarter campaign for the HELLO. Solaborate is using Kickstarter to raise funding and awareness for their HELLO, all-in- one, 4K TV communication platform.

 
 

Atlassian Launches Group Video Conferencing for HipChat

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Businesses have endless options when it comes to online collaboration and conducting virtual meetings. Though, if your small to midsize business (SMB) or enterprise is already using products in the Atlassian ecosystem, such as Atlassian HipChat $2.00 at Atlassian, Atlassian Confluence Free at Atlassian, or Jira Service Desk $10.00 at Atlassian, the company just made built-in video chat a lot easier with the launch of an updated HipChat Video.

 
 

Two iRobot Vets Have Raised $5M for Their Video Conferencing Startup, Owl Labs

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Two iRobot veterans, including the company's former lead roboticist, just disclosed that they have raised $5 million of a planned $6 million round for a video conferencing technology startup based in Somerville that says it's about to launch its first product. Antonio Rodriguez, general partner at Matrix Partners and an early investor in Oculus, is an investor, alongside iRobot's VC arm, iRobot Ventures.

 
 

Cisco Meeting Server simplifies collaboration

August 17, 2016 | Rena Malai

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I recall my first conversation with Rowan Trollope, Cisco's senior vice president and general manager of Internet of Things (IoT) and applications, back in 2012. He joined Cisco to head up the companies Collaboration Business Unit, and it was clear from our first conversation that collaboration under Trollope would be markedly different than it had been.

 
 

Google Launches Duo - A Simple 1-to-1 Video Calling App

August 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn't have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It's no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.

 
 

Pluot raises $2.5 million to bring video conferencing to the masses

August 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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For those who think that Google Hangouts, Slack or Skype aren't enough to meet their business needs, please allow me to introduce you to Pluot.

 
 

Google Patents Videoconferencing Drone that Hovers a Screen and Camera in Front of You

August 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options
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Almost every videoconferencing system on the market seems to be difficult to set up, unreliable, or just a hassle to use. But a device described in a new Google patent might be able to do away with choppy video and awkward camera angles, and make it really feel like the faces of your coworkers are in the office with you. If you can put up with the buzzing.

 
 

Virtual Reality Is Coming For Weddings

August 8, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Destination weddings can be fraught with guest-list politics. Do I have to invite my second cousin's inappropriate girlfriend? I'm inviting my high school best friend, but only because I'm sure she'll decline. But now, literally anyone can attend your wedding--virtually, at least.

 
 

MIT delivers glasses-free 3D to every seat in the cinema

August 4, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Glasses-free 3D cinema is one step closer after a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science presented an approach that covered every seat in a theatre. The prototype, called Cinema 3D, uses an array of lenses and mirrors to deliver the 3D effect to an audience.

 
 

ADAPTOR Chile Adds Array Telepresence to their Portfolio of Next-Generation Video Solutions

August 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Santiago Chile Open House & Demo Week Events - ADAPTOR Chile will be hosting an open house and demonstration of Array Telepresence's Equal-i Technology on Thursday, August 18th from 4-7:00 PM at their offices at Av. Vitacura 2909 of.216, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. Please RSVP to either RSVP@ArrayTelepresence.com, or ventas@adaptor.cl . For organizations that can't attend the Open House Event ADAPTOR Chile will be participating in Array's Global Demo Week event the following week August 22nd-26th where they have the ability to call and demonstrate Equal-i Technology globally over videoconferencing with technical sales assistance available in both Spanish and English.

 
 

InFocus's Mondopad Ultra - 85 inch Multi-touch Collaboration & Videoconferencing

August 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InFocus Corporation (www.infocus.com) today announced Mondopad Ultra - a new line of premium multi-touch collaboration displays. With all-in-one videoconferencing, interactive whiteboarding and data sharing, the Mondopad Ultra product line delivers exceptional high-definition 4K clarity with seamless operation and enterprise integration right out of the box. The feature-rich Mondopad Ultra is available in impressive 80-inch and 85-inch screen sizes, raising the bar for premium displays by enabling the best image clarity, most powerful computing and coherent ease of use for professional and education environment

 
 

This VR Platform Invites Users To Have Virtual Sex With Real Performers

August 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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A popular cam site is hoping that our brave new world of high-tech lovin' has plenty of people in it that want virtual 'sex' with cam models. Next month, CamSoda is launching a new virtual-reality (VR) platform that will allow patrons to physically 'interact' with performers via teledildonics, a.k.a. connected and coordinating sex toys-technology that's long been bound by patent law, but which soon may finally be let loose.

 
 

Polycom's Jeff Rodman: How I Founded a $2 Billion Company with a 95 Cent Book from RadioShack

July 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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It was March of 1991 and Polycom co-founder Brian Hinman and I were on yet another urgent trip to buy components.

Brian and I had known each other for years. We first worked together in 1984 starting PictureTel, a pioneer in creating the hyper-efficient video compression techniques that are still a driving force of the Internet. When, a few years later, we decided to form Polycom, it was to build things that let people communicate not only with video, but however they wanted.

 
 

Cisco's Rowan Trollope, Jonathan Rosenberg, And Jens Meggers on Cisco's 2016 Collaboration Vision

July 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Last week Cisco Live! in Las Vegas brought together Cisco customers, partners, developers, and engineers for the latest in Cisco's portfolio and a sneak peak of things to come. On the collaboration front Cisco's Rowan Trollope, an SVP and GM of IoT and Applications, Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO of the Collaboration Group, and Jens Meggers, and SVP and GM of the Cloud Collaboration Group made announcements on Cisco & Apple integration, how Cisco is working with IBM on artificially intelligent digital assistants and chat bots, and how Spark is combining next-generation collaboration tools with work flow improvements and wide interoperability.

 
 

Microsoft Research's Fusion4D project can enable high fidelity immersive telepresence

July 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft Research recently revealed details about its latest project called Fusion4D which is a new pipeline for live multi-view performance capture, generating temporally coherent high-quality reconstructions in real-time. Their algorithm supports both incremental reconstruction, improving the surface estimation over time, as well as parameterizing the nonrigid scene motion.

 
 

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins' Cisco Live 2016 Keynote Highlights

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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During a keynote presentation at Cisco Live, Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins spoke about aligning business needs with technology, the need to be agile and the importance of security.

 
 

Polycom Ends Deal With Mitel, Agrees to Be Bought by Siris Capital

July 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Polycom Inc. agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC and ended its previously announced deal with Canadian telecommunications company Mitel Networks Corp.

 
 

French company makes its own Surface Table using Windows 10

July 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Remember the Surface Table? The coffee-table sized tablet that was supposed to become a staple in every corporate office until tablet-sized tablets became a thing? Well the French company Kineti is back with the same idea, albeit at a slightly cheaper price.

 
 

Skype Meetings is Microsoft's new free video conferencing tool for small businesses

July 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft today launched Skype Meetings, a new audio and video conferencing tool specifically designed for small businesses. Skype Meetings is essentially a stripped down version of the Skype for Business solution.

 
 
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