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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.

 
 

XPRIZE's $10 Million Telepresence Robot Challenge Is Not Challenging Enough

March 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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At the South by Southwest festival last week, XPRIZE announced the launch of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, "a four-year global competition to develop real-life avatars." The idea is to bring together many different kinds of remote robotic technologies to create an easy to use, effective, and immersive remote experience. Challenges like these have proved very effective in the past--DARPA in particular has sponsored massive advances in both self-driving cars and humanoid robots.

 
 

Vidyo - Analyst Dave Michels' 2018 TalkingPointz Research Note

March 20, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Overview

1.Vidyo, Inc., is a privately held, venture-funded company founded in 2005 that provides software-based visual communications technology, including products and services. Over the years, the company has raised $163 million in funding.

2.Vidyo disrupted the market with both its technical approach to videoconferencing and its embeddable approach to video-enabling applications.

3.Soon after the company launched its development stack, it used its own suite to create an enterprise videoconferencing solution that was competitive with vendors (at the time) such as Cisco, Tandberg, Radvision, and Polycom.

4.Though enterprise videoconferencing remains a viable market, Vidyo recently turned its focus back to developers with a cloud-centric platform approach.

5.VidyoCloud is a platform as a service designed to simplify the deployment and administration associated with video infrastructure. On top of VidyoCloud are three product services: VidyoConnect, VidyoEngage, and vidyo.io.

  • VidyoConnect is an enterprise-grade videoconferencing-as-a-service solution that spans rooms, browsers, and mobile apps. In addition to a pure-cloud model, it supports hybrid deployments.
  • VidyoEngage is a turnkey video-based engagement solution that powers customer/patient interactions. It can be implemented with websites, kiosks, and apps, and includes engagement features such as skills-based routing, queueing, video hold, and post-call surveys.
  • Vidyo.io is a communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offering that provides video APIs and SDKS - related development tools and services for the creation of customized, embedded, video-enabled applications and devices.
 
 

Dolby Voice Room Changes the Way You Experience Meetings

March 9, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Furthering its mission to create spectacular experiences, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced a new and innovative video conferencing solution, Dolby Voice® Room, for huddle rooms and small conference rooms. With the intelligence to flex to the changing needs of the workforce, Dolby Voice Room will bring affordable, simple, and amazing audiovisual experiences to the workplace.

 
 

Facebook robots may one day follow you around at home

March 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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That is, if a newly awarded Facebook patent ever becomes a reality.

The company received a patent on Tuesday for a self-balancing robot that's capable of standing on either two or three legs. The concept resembles a telepresence robot, complete with a screen, camera and microphone.

 
 

Following HELLO's very successful Kickstarter campaign (1339% funded), Solaborate is launching the new and improved HELLO 2 on Kickstarter, along with HELLO Touch TV, HELLO Creator Edition and 2 Gadget Extensions.

March 8, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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HELLO 2, like its predecessor, turns any TV into a video communication and collaboration device. HELLO 2 does everything users love about the original even better with Alexa support, home automation (Zigbee), and Android games, and also does digital whiteboarding on the new 4K Touch TV. In addition, Gadgets now make HELLO 2 even more useful.

 
 

Israeli Firm Cellebrite Can Now Hack Into Virtually Any Cellphone, Tablet

March 6, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Digital forensics firm Cellebrite - which helped the FBI crack iPhone used by the terrorist in the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, offers "Unlocking & Extraction Services" for several devices, including iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 5 through 11 - and Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, and other devices running the Google OS such as Alcatel, Nexus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, ZTE and more. The service costs as low as $1,500 per device.

 
 

5 best encrypted video conferencing software [2018 List]

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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More and more companies are fond of business travel especially when the organizations have more headquarters all over the world. Business travel is a way of bringing employees together to share their ideas. On the other hand, this involves high costs for flights and the meeting spaces.

 
 

The disturbing acceptance of Google's new 'smart' camera

March 2, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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In the reviews that rolled out recently for Google's new Clips smart camera, there were the rote things that you'd expect in all tech reviews: what was good, what was bad, and, inevitably, whether or not you should buy it. There was, however, a key idea conspicuously absent: whether or not the product should exist at all.

 
 

Facebook's body-swapping AI further blurs line between real and fake

February 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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If you thought DeepFakes, the AI that swaps celebrity faces into any video (like porn), was scary wait until you see what Facebook's DensePose can do.

 
 

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

February 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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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.

 
 
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