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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.


Oculus Research Reveals "Groundbreaking" Focal Surface Display

May 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Oculus Research, the VR and AR R&D division of the company, today announced a new display technology that they're calling the "Focal Surface Display." The display aims to improve the vergence-accommodation conflict that plagues today's VR headsets. The company calls the work "groundbreaking."


Beyond the Board: Interactive Whiteboards Go Mobile

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options


A recent report published by market research firm Technavio predicts that the interactive whiteboard market will grow by just over six percent by 2020. But in the age of BYOD, what can these systems really offer to those working in collaborative environments in education or the enterprise?


Amazon unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you. Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen that is the newest addition to its Alexa-powered Echo range of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands.



NVIDIA Announces Holodeck Collaborative VR Project

May 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options


NVIDIA has taken the wraps off their newest VR project, called Holodeck, which is aimed at hyper-fidelity and collaborative use. Holodeck is built upon a modified version of Unreal Engine 4, along with NVIDIA's own GameWorks, VRWorks, and DesignWorks softwares. The main draw of the program is that users can import ultra high-fidelity, photorealistic 3D content, then explore it collaboratively in VR, or send it to others for them to check out. The various NVIDIA technologies on board and the enhanced Unreal Engine 4 backend allow for not only high-fidelity content display, but also high-level physics simulation and other functions. The fact that it's based on Unreal Engine 4 makes it almost as extensible and flexible, if not just as much, as the original version. This means that Holodeck has a near infinite number of uses, and is essentially an evolution of the usual VR platform.


Alumni from iRobot and HubSpot Launch Owl Labs to build auto-focus vtc camera and Announce $6M Series A Funding

May 9, 2017 | Telepresence Options


BOSTON - May 9, 2017 - Today Owl Labs comes out of stealth and announces a $6M Series A financing led by Matrix Partners. Founded by CEO Max Makeev and CTO Mark Schnittman, both formerly of iRobot, the company is building an IoT video conferencing hardware product promising the inclusive meeting experience remote employees need and deserve.


Owlii is changing the way of communication by recording your movements in 3D hologram

May 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Much of VR content is formed by filming and preserving 360 views. Some viewers confess being stuck in the middle and being exposed to 360-degree view out of context. Owlii, a startup founded by Tsinghua PhDs in 2016, aims to best preserve people as real as possible in virtual reality, helping users to record their memories.


Enterprise communications platform Fuze raises $30 million bringing total raise to $134 million

May 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Fuze, an enterprise-focused cloud communications company, has raised another $30 million, closing its Series E round of funding at a whopping $134 million.


Why 4K makes sense for videoconferencing

May 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options


In the past few years, 4K video has rapidly moved from concept to everyday consumer electronics. It's now common to find 4K screens on televisions, computer displays, and smartphones. Consumers get their 4K content from new cameras and even Netflix. But, does 4K have a place in your video-ready conference room?


This gadget lets you play fetch with your dog even when you're at work

April 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The only one in the world who loves playing fetch more than you is your pupper.

And sure, the novelty might wear off more quickly for you than them, but nothing beats the look on that face when they're waiting for that ball to get thrown.


Google Has A New VR Camera And A 'Roadmap' For Answering Facebook

April 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Google's JUMP team is announcing a new, virtual reality camera today that is smaller and lighter than its predecessors. The new unit is being positioned as an affordable, portable, easy to use system that will allow creators to make high quality 360 videos more easily.


Amazon launches Echo Look, a $199 camera that watches you dress

April 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options

Amazon_echo_look.jpg Inc., seeking a bigger slice of the clothing market, is casting itself as a style adviser.

The Seattle-based online retailer on Wednesday introduced the Echo Look, a new version of its artificial-intelligence powered speakers that includes a camera. The company said the $200 device, which is only available via an invitation for now, will enable consumers to take videos and photos of their outfits and compare them via algorithms.


The new Suitable technologies BeamPro PTZ+L telepresence robot for the healthcare industry has a laser

April 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Suitable Technologies®, Inc., creator of the Beam® and BeamProTM presence systems that are used by more than 40% of the Fortune 50 companies, today introduced two new models to the BeamPro family: the BeamPro PTZ and BeamPro PTZ+L, providing a more professional videoconferencing solution for the healthcare industry.

Suitable Technologies BeamPro PT & PTZ+L Brochure by Telepresence Options on Scribd


Building a Telepresence App with HoloLens and Kinect

April 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options


When does the history of mixed reality start? There are lots of suggestions, but 1977 always shows up as a significant year. That's the year millions of children - many of whom would one day become the captains of Silicon Valley - first experienced something they wouldn't be able to name for another decade or so.


Facebook Spaces lets you and your friends hang out in VR

April 19, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Facebook's goal has always been to bring you closer to your friends, whether that's through products like Messenger or simply by your ever-updating news feed. Now, Facebook is taking that goal of connection one step further by introducing Facebook Spaces to the Oculus Rift Store.


Titanic Shift Underway for Video Conferencing Cameras

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The Array DX Camera and Image Processor enable life-size, immersive telepresence using any vtc codec. Top: Array's dual-screen immersive image Bottom: Same scene through traditional vtc camera

Story by Andrew W. Davis / Wainhouse Research

Last week's session at Enterprise Connect dubbed "Telepresence on an SMB Budget," together with some of the devices on the show floor, was a chance for attendees to see how camera designers are taking advantage of high performance processors and new image sensors to drive new solutions for both personal and room video conferencing needs. Here are five examples (in order of increasing prices) seen in Orlando


Lytro's Latest VR Light-field Camera is Huge, and Hugely Improved

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options

In the last few years, Lytro has made a major pivot away from consumer-facing digital camera products now to high-end production cameras and tools, with a major part of the company's focus on the 'Immerge' light-field camera for VR. In February, Lytro announced it had raised another $60 million to continue developing the tech. I recently stopped by the company's offices to see the latest version of the camera and the major improvements in capture quality that come with it.

Lytro_VR Light-field_Camera.jpg


A More Realistic Augmented Reality

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


There are still just a few companies showing off augmented-reality headsets that do a good job blending digital imagery with the real world, among them Microsoft's HoloLens and Meta's Meta 2.

One more is now joining the fray. A startup called Avegant, which already sells a funny-looking personal-theater headset called the Glyph for $499, has built a prototype of a headset with a transparent display that it says uses light-field technology to let you view virtual objects as naturally as you do real ones. A light field is the pattern created when rays of light bounce off something, and re-creating this effect is one key to making sharp-looking augmented-reality images that you can comfortably focus on when they are at different depths but in the same scene--like, say, a toy car an arm's length away and a house off in the distance.


The Ohmni telepresence robot is designed for your home, not your office

April 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Most telepresence robots are sold for the slightly disheartening purpose of letting remote workers visit the office from home. But startup OhmniLabs is targeting a more wholesome market. The company says its new telepresence bot, the eponymous Ohmni, is designed to connect families -- whether that's parents on a business trip saying goodnight to their kids, or children logging in to visit their grandparents at their retirement community.


Wainhouse Research's Enterprise Connect Review of Companies and New Technologies

April 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Late March 2017 wraps up another Enterprise Connect (EC) in Orlando, Florida.

The three-day expo attracted more than 180 large and small communication and collaboration vendors showcasing their cutting-edge products, services, and business models. Attendance was in the thousands with analysts, consultants, and press all meeting at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.

The Wainhouse Research South Florida team (Ira and Saar) hit the ground running and in the terribly short 72-hour window met with more than 25 companies across the UC, VC, AV, and ideation markets. And we even found time to host a few sessions and attend a few client dinners.

This write-up represents what we saw and deemed interesting (and are allowed to talk about) at Enterprise Connect. This is not to say that other companies did not have something interesting to say .... it just means that we didn't have a chance to drop by.

Wainhouse Research's Enterprise Connect 2017 Wrap Up by Telepresence Options on Scribd

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