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InFocus Adds Focus, Enlarges its Palette of Products

October 16, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Today InFocus - which proudly takes credit for introducing one of the first (if not the first) all-in-one interactive flat panels in the Mondopad - announced what you could call a family of Mondopads designed for specific use cases and environments. Or as they put it in their pre-announcement briefing: "take the Mondopad down market."

 
 

LG launched the Ground Breaking 0.44mm Even Bezel Video Wall

October 16, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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LG is a South Korean multinational electronics company that is known for its technological innovation and the latest range of home appliances, consumer electronics, etc throughout the world. It has added a new member to the family with the launch of the World's first Ground Breaking 0.44 mm Even Bezel Video Wall. The company intends to bring the world's finest technology for the B2B customers with the theme-"Edge- See beyond your imagination".It will be beneficial for professional broadcasters.

 
 

Zoom Expands Communications Platform with Zoom Voice, App Marketplace, Zoom Rooms Device Partnerships & U

October 11, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today at Zoomtopia 2018, Zoom Video Communications, Inc will announce new features that together form an end-to-end modern communications platform. While Zoom remains a video-first platform, these new announcements show the company rounding out its product suite to include every business communications use case, including cloud PBX, cross-platform workflows, and enterprise conference rooms.

 
 

Altia Systems, Zoom and Uber Collaborate to Deploy 850+ Zoom Rooms With PanaCast for Intelligent, Real-Time Video Communications

October 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Cupertino, Calif. -- October 10, 2018 -- Altia Systems, creator of PanaCast ® 2, the world's first 180 degree Panoramic-4K plug-and-play camera system, Zoom Video Communications and Uber today announced the successful deployment of more than 850 PanaCast-equipped Zoom Rooms in Uber offices worldwide to streamline its enterprise scale video communications technology. The camera systems are being used to connect more than 18,000 Uber employees in hundreds of offices across the world.

 
 

Introducing HELLO 2 - The World's Most Powerful End-to-End Encrypted Communication Device including a 4K Touch-Screen TV and an Open-Platform for Creators

October 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Los Angeles, CA - After HELLO's very successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, Solaborate is launching the new and improved, End-to-End Encrypted HELLO 2, 4K Touch-Screen TV, HELLO Creator Edition, HELLO Controller, and free unlimited end-to-end encrypted video, audio and messaging. HELLO 2 will also support the best video conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google Hangouts Meet, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, BlueJeans, Fuze, Unify, and more.

 
 

Bye, Google: Alternatives to Google Products (Updated)

October 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Google does a great job of casting itself as your friendly neighborhood Internet pal. Its clever doodles on the search engine home page delight us with puzzles or give credit to seldom-remembered pioneers.

Google is also spying on you by collecting massive amounts of personal information and tracking your every move, swipe, like, and browse across the Internet. Google is the kind of entity we all fear the government of being: Big Brother who is constantly tracking everything you do, say, and buy. And there appears to be no real reason behind it; at least not one that makes sense to the average user. Google is mostly just doing this to its own ultimate purpose: Making as much money for Google as possible by manipulating what advertising you see every single time you go online. Google's algorithms decide what you need to see and what you don't.

 
 

Videxio and Pexip Announce Intention to Merge

October 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Two leading innovators in the enterprise collaboration market, Videxio and Pexip, today announced their intention to merge. Videxio, founded in 2011, is a global provider of cloud videoconferencing and collaboration with solutions that fit companies and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises. The company has been profitable since 2014 and has grown Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) by more than 270% over the previous three years while paid user traffic has grown over 875% during the same period. Pexip, founded in 2012, provides a software-based meeting platform that is designed for cloud and used both as a dedicated enterprise application and a service provider platform. Pexip Infinity is a Microsoft-certified interoperability solution for both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. In 2018, Google Cloud partnered with Pexip to enable interoperability to Google Hangouts Meet. The company has been profitable since 2016 and has almost tripled ARR over the previous three years. Both organizations are privately held.

 
 

Exclusive: Microsoft aims for the holy grail--video conferencing that actually works

September 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft let me sit in on the rehearsal for its futuristic "meetings of the future" demo in Orlando. Here's what I learned.

 
 

Like a camera, only smarter. Meet Huddly IQ.

September 25, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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"This is a day that we've been looking forward to for a very long time - finally the world gets to see what the team has been working so hard on for so long. We are delighted to be launching Huddly IQ today and proud to take our partnership with Crestron to the next level with IQ as part of the Flex UC series." - Jonas Rinde, Huddly CEO

 
 

Cisco launches Cisco Webex Edge and new videoconferencing hardware

September 20, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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In the nearly 10 years since Cisco snatched up on-demand online meeting platform Webex, the San Jose company has become a veritable juggernaut in the videoconferencing space. More than 300 million customers tap its eponymous Cisco Collaboration suite every day and log more than 6 billion meeting minutes in Webex a month, and 1.5 million meetings rooms around the world have Cisco video devices.

 
 

Holographic video conferencing system uses 5G network to connect users in 3D

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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South Australian volumetrics business Voxon Photonics demonstrated its three-dimensional, two-way holographic video conferencing system over a 5G network at the Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 event in Los Angeles.

 
 

Temi is a telepresence robot with Harman Kardon speakers and an AI voice assistant

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Telepresence robots tend to be underwhelming. They're expensive, for one, and not exceptionally user-friendly. And most aren't intelligent, by any stretch of the imagination.

Temi is the rare exception.

 
 

Lenovo debuts smart video conferencing solution

September 11, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Hardware manufacturer Lenovo today launched its ThinkSmart Hub 500 for businesses with remote teams.

The all-in-one video conferencing device was developed with Microsoft and Logitech, and has a 360-degree rotatable 11.6-inch display. It runs Microsoft Windows 10 IOT (Internet of things) Enterprise and uses Logitech cameras.

 
 

e-con Systems' new USB 3.0 CUDA(r) accelerated Stereo vision Camera

September 5, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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TARA XL - USB 3.0 Stereo vision camera based on OnSemi MT9V024 Global Shutter CMOS sensor; this Stereo camera with a proprietary CUDA(r) accelerated Stereo SDK called Tara XL SDK that runs on the NVIDIA(r) TX2 GPU provides depth mapping at 50 fps. ST. LOUIS and CHENNAI, India - August 30, 2018 - e-con Systems Inc., a leading embedded camera solution company, today announced the launch of TaraXL, a USB 3.0 Stereo vision camera. TaraXL is based on the 1/3-inch MT9V024, a WVGA Global shutter monochrome CMOS image sensor from OnSemi(tm) powered by proprietary CUDA(r) accelerated stereo camera SDK for NVIDIA(r) Tegra processors. This Stereo vision camera provides synchronized sensor frames to the host machine over USB 3.0 interface. TaraXL is bundled with a proprietary CUDA(r) accelerated Stereo SDK called Tara XL SDK that runs on the GPU of NVIDIA(r) Tegra processors. The SDK can provide 3D Depth map for 752 X 480 @ 50 fps without stressing the CPU. The SDK supports two modes of operations, one is high accuracy mode which supports depth mapping @ 25 fps and the high frame rate mode supports depth mapping up to 50 fps. e-con Systems also provides sample applications with source code, demonstrating synchronous stereo image streams, disparity map and depth measurement. Customers can build their depth sensing based applications on top of this SDK and with TaraXL stereo cameras on NVIDIA Tegra platforms.

 
 

Fusion: A Collaborative Robotic Telepresence Parasite That Lives on Your Back

August 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Most of the telepresence robots that you can buy are appealing because they offer you some sort of mobile agency--like, the ability to remotely drive yourself around. Robots like these are great if you want to, say, find yourself an elephant, but not all that great if you want to help other people out through collaborative tasks that require physical interaction. Collaboration, especially instruction, often depends on the physical act of one person showing another person how to do something, and even if your telepresence robot has an arm or two, it may not be at all intuitive for a remote user have effective direct interactions.

 
 

Move over Tupac! Life-size holograms set to revolutionize videoconferencing

April 27, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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A Queen's University researcher will soon unveil TeleHuman 2 -- the world's first truly holographic videoconferencing system. TeleHuman2 allows people in different locations to appear before one another in life-size 3D -- as if they were in the same room.

 
 

Cisco folds Spark into Webex

April 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Cisco has subsumed Spark, its team collaboration product, into Webex, its online conferencing product. Spark, now called Webex Teams, will henceforth be considered an add-on application for Webex Meetings.

 
 

If (Virtual) Reality Feels Almost Right, It's Exactly Wrong

April 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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We can all remember the crisply beveled edges of our cheery-yellow No. 2 pencil, the cool, smooth feel of a chalk-powdered blackboard, the gritty red bricks of the schoolhouse walls. Surely that all wasn't just an illusion?

 
 

Plantronics to buy video conferencing gear maker Polycom for $2 billion

March 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Headsets maker Plantronics said on Wednesday it would buy Polycom in a deal valued at $2 billion, two years after the video conferencing equipment maker was acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital.

 
 

Ava Robotics Introduces Autonomous Telepresence Robot

March 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Seven years ago, iRobot introduced us to Ava, a sort of tech demonstrator designed to show how robots were capable of doing things like--well, the company wasn't entirely sure, but telepresence was one of the ideas. The robot's autonomous navigation was certainly impressive, and Ava could avoid moving obstacles at the speed of a brisk walk, which wasn't something we'd seen a lot of back in 2011..

In 2012, iRobot announced RP-VITA, a medical telepresence robot based on the Ava platform. And in 2013, iRobot and Cisco collaborated on the Ava 500, a commercial telepresence system with integrated autonomous navigation. We haven't heard too much about it since then, but today a startup called Ava Robotics is coming out of stealth mode to announce its plans to bring the technology behind Ava to market.

 
 
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