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Starleaf launches GTm 5140 Huddle Room Videoconferencing System

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StarLeaf, the leading video conferencing and calling provider, announces the general availability of its Skype for Business meeting room solution, the StarLeaf GTm 5140 Huddle, a native professional video conferencing system that works directly with Microsoft Skype for Business, and which offers the best price performance and feature set on the market today.


"Portals" put life-size telepresence experience in shipping containers scattered around 16 global cities.

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


My two new college-aged friends -- at least I think we're friends, we just met -- love to hang out with their friends, shop and hit the beach when it's not too crowded. One of them loves horror movies, the other is really into action films. They've both gearing up for exams coming up in their studies of English and French literature.

The only thing unusual about these students, really, is that they live in Gaza. I met them inside a golden shipping container parked on the St. Edward's University campus in Austin and our 20-minute introductory chat was via videoconference.


Life on the Shore-Based Team: the Other Half of a Telepresence Expedition

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


The waves of Narragansett Bay break gently on the rocky beach at the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography, as vacationing families jockey for prime sunbathing real estate. It's not your typical research cruise environment--I feel a bit guilty about the brief respite out of solidarity for my sleep-deprived colleagues on Atlantis--but such is the life of the shore-side team.


Avaya Converges UC, Conferencing User Experiences

October 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Avaya today announced the long-awaited convergence of the unified communications and conferencing user experience, or UX, into a new platform it calls Avaya Equinox. This should be a welcome evolution for enterprises using Avaya Aura for audio, Web, and video conferencing, as well as for those using the Scopia video conferencing solution Avaya gained in the 2012 acquisition of Radvision.


Nolan Bushnell's Modal VR launches next-generation virtual reality platform for enterprises

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Nolan Bushnell, the cofounder of Atari and father of modern video games, is back with a new startup creating a virtual reality platform for enterprises.

Modal VR enables companies to set up virtual reality experiences t hat are life-size and large-scale, like setting up a field for a new kind of laser tag game or a shared virtual tourism experience.


Shiseido app TeleBeauty applies virtual makeup for videoconferencing women

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Have a meeting online but no time to do your makeup? No problem with this technology.

Telecommuting has yet to catch on in Japan, where logging long hours at the office by your physical presence, regardless of your work efficiency, is still required at many corporations.

Shiseido is trying help Japan change its work ethic and make life easier for female teleworkers through a new cosmetic technology called TeleBeauty.


MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions' launches wearable videoconferencing platform for field technicians

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Seattle-based mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc., is launching their wearable technology platform to enhance customer support in the Pacific Northwest. The MacLens eyewear, an industrial grade wearable computing device powered by Nashville, Tenn.-based XOEye Technologies, captures and streams high fidelity audio and visual content, enabling first-person point-of-view (POV).


GOLE2: The $69 mini-PC with the 5MP 90 degree wide angle lens on IndieGoGo

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


IndieGoGo announces the Gole2 mini-PC. It comes in two versions, the Intel Z8350 runs Windows 10 and comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB Flash, the Allwinner A64 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 version runs Phoenix OS based on Android and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash. Both version come with 5 megapixel 90-degree wide angle camera supports Full HD 1080p video conferencing.


Valorem shows off telepresence system using Hololens and stereoscopic camera

October 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options


ISV Valorem Consulting, who has developed a number of HoloLens apps, has just shown of a new project, HoloBeam Tech, which promise to offer a 3D telepresence system for the price of a set of stereoscopic cameras and a HoloLens headset.


Apple loses patent retrial, owes $302.4 million to VirnetX

October 3, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Apple has been ordered to pay $302.4 million to the patent holding and security software company VirnetX for infringing patents covering secure computer and mobile communications.


Facebook's artificial intelligence chief developed surveillance systems based on facial recognition

September 29, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Yann LeCun, leader of Mark Zuckerberg's AI research division, contributed to academic papers exploring the creation of software which would serve as a "key component" in an automated surveillance network.

Computer surveillance is likely to become hugely controversial in the coming years, as it will allow cops, spooks and even private companies to track individual people's movements.


Snapchat in privacy storm over 'surveillance sunglasses' fitted with tiny video camera

September 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Social media app Snapchat is preparing to roll out a pair of "surveillance specs" which can take pictures using a tiny camera.


CEDIA's 2016 Award Winners - The Best Home Theaters and Media Rooms in the World

September 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options


The CEDIA show wrapped up in Dallas, Texas last week. CEDIA is the leading trade show and conference for the home automation industry and they give annual awards for the best home theatres and media rooms. Here are the coolest home theaters and media rooms in the world and the systems integration professionals that engineered the solutions. CEDIA also made awards for the best new products in home automation and entertainment and they can be found here.


Full-body touch sensations in VR will likely need special suits like Skinterface

September 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Now that consumers have general access to high-quality VR content by way of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, eye-tracking technology seems to be the next step in the evolution of VR. But what about touch input, as in feeling the virtual wind against your skin or how a virtual object feels when you grab it with your hand? One group of developers is looking into just that, and has created a way to generate full-body tactile feedback with what they call Skinterface.


Wainhouse Research - News in Brief - September 16th

September 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Wainhouse Research's News in Brief featuring updates on: Nureva, Compunetix, Avaya, Collaboration Squared, Mersive, InFocus, Pinnaca, Ashton Bentley, and Nepris among others.


InFocus' MondoPad Ultra exposes weaknesses in Microsoft's Surface Hub

September 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Competition is good, and InFocus' huge MondoPad Ultra all-in-one PC highlights some shortcomings in Microsoft's Surface Hub touchscreen computers.

MondoPad and Surface Hub lead a unique class of all-in-one computers with large screens that are being used in classrooms and conference rooms for video conferencing, collaboration, and whiteboarding.


Fraunhofer HHI scientists to demo VR telepresence using 3D Body Reconstruction

September 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


When science fiction heroes communicate, they don't use landlines or cell phones. The caller simply appears in virtual form in the middle of the room; full sized and three dimensional. For researchers at Fraunhofer, this vision is already within reach: At the trade fairs IFA in Berlin and IBC in Amsterdam they will show a new technology technology called "3D Human Body Reconstruction."


Sony's portable Xperia projector turns any surface into a touchscreen

September 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options


After teasing us with a first look at the proprietary software for its Xperia projector at the Mobile World Congress, Sony finally unveiled the portable product in all its glory at the IFA show in Berlin.


EZTalks Debuts Its All-in-One Video Conferencing Device, Onion, at InfoComm India 2016

September 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options


HONG KONG, Sept. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EZTalks Technology Co., Ltd., a professional video conference service provider with more than six years' experience on video communication technology, is exhibiting for the first time on Indian soil, at InfoComm India (Booth E60).


UK Firm LyteSpark - New Cloud-based videoconferencing provider

August 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Alex-Hunte-LyteSpark-videoconferencing.jpgCompany name: LyteSpark
Founders: Alex Hunte (38) and Igor Pavlov (27)
Background: Hunte - Project management, sports management, digital media, marketing and communications. Pavlov' - Software developer, with expertise in real-time applications and video communications.
Based in: London

Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?

  • LyteSpark is a video conferencing solution, designed to help connect remote teams, clients, customers or suppliers.
  • Users create video conferencing rooms to host their meeting attendees in their own beautiful, branded environment.
  • With no downloads or software installation, your attendees can join you instantly.
  • It's ultimately an intuitive experience that makes online communication as easy as talking to the person next to you. Put plainly, it's a comfortable place to talk!
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