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Lucy the robot is queuing up outside to get an iPhone 6s - whilst her owner stays nice and warm
But one savvy fan hit upon the ingenious idea of outsourcing the menial task to a robot.
Story and images by TechCrunch
Blue Jeans Network, a company that provides cloud-based video conferencing services, has raised $76.5 million in its fifth round of financing.
NEA led the Series E round, joined by Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, Glynn Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Quadrille Capital. Jeter Ventures, a new fund launched by MLB all-star Derek Jeter, also participated.
Enterprise videoconferencing has been around in one form or another for decades. The space has been - and continues to be - owned by many diverse silos (facilities, AV, IT, UC) which is one of the key reasons it is still "seeking its potential" all these years later.
While the latest thinking has videoconference room systems playing a much smaller role in the world of Unified Communications (smaller both in importance and the size of the typical room) it is still an essential tool in an organization's collaboration ecosystem. All of which makes one wonder why the approach to these systems is still so confusing and...well...FUBAR is really the only term to describe it. In this first of a few bogs where I'll address this space, I'll focus on the videoconference room camera.
Rutgers University's Dept of Computer Science has developed a series of collaborative videowalls that connects classrooms in their multiple campuses. The system designed by computer science professor Richard Martin and Doug Motto, a program manager in the department, over the course of two years uses off-the-shelf consumer electronics and software the dept developed themselves with the goal of making "distance obsolete". This story from Rutgers Today's John Chadwick and a presentation from Professor Martin found on the net provide additional details.
Polycom made three new announcements last week for their video lineup. I had a chance to speak with Chris Thorson, Sr. Director of Marketing at Polycom, to get the inside scoop.
As we all know, a good user experience requires a lot more than a quality video image. The workflow itself is important. For many years, one of the banes of the VC world has been the overly complicated remote control. People always found them to be intimidating and confusing, no matter how well designed. On the other hand, users have no problem learning to use touch apps. Therefore, it makes sense to offer a small touch surface to Polycom VC users, to replace the old remote control. From the video (above) the UI appears to be clean and user friendly.
You may not be an on-air personality, but today's careers require everyone to be a video star.
With the increasing ease of video technology - Skype, Periscope - presenting well on video is a career advantage and fast-becoming a prerequisite. At all stages of career, from landing a job to developing professional to leading increasingly global teams, the everyday professional, not just the media or marketing group, needs video skills. Here are some real-life examples where video matters, and tips for getting more comfortable in front of the camera:
THE newest classroom at Harvard University's business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.
IN the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio three kilometres from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference.
Students can jump in to ask questions or respond to their classmates. The professor can stop a lecture to quiz individual students, or send the group a quick online poll. The project, called HBX Live, is a departure from the genre of online courses that are recorded in advance to be taken later. Here, Harvard sought to create a live, online replica of its campus classrooms. "With one difference, of course, which is we collapse geography," said Bharat Anand, a business professor and faculty chairman of HBX, a digital initiative at the school.
Wey Intelligent Keyboard Integrates Videoconferencing, Control Panel, and Videowall Control Into Touch Panel on Keyboard
WEY Technology announces the launch of the "WEY Smart Touch" keyboard. The WEY Smart Touch significantly simplifies processes in all multi-screen workplaces where users need to switch between different systems. The intelligent keyboard boasts a broad range of surprising features...Central to the WEY Smart Touch is its 10" touch screen that automatically adapts its layout to the selected system. Telephony, messenger, two-way radio and videoconferencing, as well as external devices and other software applications, can be integrated seamlessly. Users can easily manage and control all their connected systems and switch between them.
At a cursory glance one might think that the Array DX Camera module and Image Processor are competitive offerings with Cisco's SpeakerTrack 60 and Polycom's Eagle Eye Director which attempt to solve the problem of the farthest participants from the camera having tiny, indecipherable features and poor human factors by using machine vision and voice-tracking to zoom in on and frame the active speakers.
The reality is Array's approach solves the "postage stamp-sized head" problem in a vastly superior manner and then further improves the scene and the experience in a variety of ways that will delight your end-users and everyone you conference with.
Intel's RealSense technology was announced last year and for those who are hearing about it for the first time, this is basically a piece of camera technology that will be able to detect gestures, come with facial recognition, and can even detect finger-level movements as well, making it a lot more subtle.
That being said, Razer who is primarily a games peripheral maker, has announced a new camera which will take advantage of Intel's RealSense technology. The idea of this camera is to enhance the gaming experience of its users, and at the same time will also appeal to internet broadcasters such as those on Twitch.
Array Telepresence Update - Lifesize Immersive Telepresence Using Your Existing Videoconferencing System
Array is an "experience" and understand the power you really need to see it running on "The Big Screens"
Last month there was one place on the planet to get "experienced", this month 4. In September that number increases to eleven with more on the way! Find out where our new demo centers are OR how you can get an on-site demo at your location, a demo via traditional videoconferencing, OR a demo using desktop videoconferencing.
Here's a unique way to make an impression on a prospect. Instead of sending a conventional email or leaving a voicemail to follow up after a sales meeting, why not send a quick video message instead?
That's the purpose of an app from early-stage startup OneMob, co-founded by former Salesforce manager Sati Hillyer, who is the CEO. The company is backed with around $900,000 in seed money from Salesforce Ventures and angel investors including Tim Draper and former DocuSign CEO Steve King, he said.
Assistant Professor Gordon Wetzstein's new Stanford Computational Imaging Group has developed a light-field stereoscope that creates a dramatically more natural virtual reality experience than what is present in today's leading headsets.
8i, a startup based in New Zealand, has unveiled a new 3D Video format based on light field technology. Its mission is to offer a more realistic take on virtual reality and augmented reality, particularly in its portrayal of humans.
3D Video is an alternative to computer graphics in that it converts multiple digital videos to light field format and reconstructs the streams as volumetric 3D video. This aids in the creation of realistic VR content with any video-capable camera when combined with the company's proprietary software.
How Advanced Visualization Technology Is Preparing Professionals and Changing Industries - Interview with Bill Schmidt, AVI-SPL's Visualization Expert
Q&A with Visualization Expert Bill Schmidt
Visualization and simulation technologies have vastly improved over the past two decades. Costs continue to drop, making advanced visualization solutions more accessible than ever. Bill Schmidt, AVI-SPL Sales Director and Visualization Advocate, answers questions about trends, technologies, and what it means for an array of businesses and organizations.
High-end features at a low-end price make the VC520 a complete solution for the modern workforce
- 12MP optical zoom camera with full HD (1080p) output resolution
- Powerful PTZ auto-focus lens includes 10 presets to smoothly switch targets
- High fidelity directional microphones with daisy-chain functionality for crystal clear sound
- Supplied remote control for uninterrupted operation
- Plug and play functionality for easy setup with a range of VC applications
Milton Keynes, England, 6th August 2015: AVer, a leader and innovator in video conferencing and mobile solutions, has announced the launch of the VC520, a professional VC camera for efficient collaboration in conference rooms.
The most advanced smart home with full remote presence & security features
Introducing a wireless smart home system designed to be your home's mind and soul. Branto is a smart assistant which provides security, 360 vision, communication and control of your home devices when you're at home and away. It is compact, portable and stylish.