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Apple Granted a Surprising Patent for an Advanced Multi-View Video Conferencing System for the Enterprise

July 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention that relates to an advanced video conferencing system that includes a multi-view camera system that employs scalable video encoding. On July 15 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Apple's surprising video conferencing system is to compete with Microsoft's Round Table Conferencing device and it's a system that Apple might be able to get IBM to promote in the enterprise.

Apple's Patent Background

Video conferencing is gaining traction due to the development of new applications and equipment that make establishing a video conference easy and convenient. However, the quality of the video content in the video conferences is generally low. Part of the quality issue relates to the large amount of bandwidth required to send high quality video between conference locations.


What's Up with Array Telepresence? 1st Newsletter since Emerging from Stealth!

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Array Telepresence emerged from stealth less than six months ago and had their first major showing at InfoComm 2014 in June where Wainhouse Research called their demo a "show stopper". They were a cover story for the 2014 issue of Telepresence Options Magazine for their revolutionary camera that creates immersive telepresence environments using a company's existing videoconferencing codec. They just released their first newsletter and they have a new single lens camera with an 80 degree field of view for huddle rooms and small team tables, they have signed up AVI-SPL & Solutors as resellers, and they have launched an Early Access Program for organizations with innovative projects like quad-screens, immersive Microsoft Lync, and video walls or the potential to upgrade dozens, hundreds, or even one thousand traditional videoconferencing rooms to immersive telepresence.


Telepresence - A Music Video by Phil "HiPhi" Cordell

July 25, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

Phil_hiphi_cordell.jpgHappy Friday! I don't know how we missed Phil "HiPhi" Cordell for so long. The internet is a giant place. Phil appears to be the most talented man in AV. A true CTS-D who can sing, dance, rap & crimp cable. He was evidently the mastermind behind the #AVSelfie @ InfoComm2014. When Phil isn't rapping about telepresence he is managing real AV projects at M3 Technology Group in Nashville. He runs The AV Professional website where he muses on all things AV & President of HiPhidelity, a video production company. We put his ode to telepresence on the front page but click through to see a sampling of his other work including the MUST See: A/V Professional Rap



InfoComm14: Verrex Top 10 "Best of Show" Awards

July 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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Verrex is one of the leading systems integration firms in the country. They have been on the SCN Top 50 list for over a decade. They attend InfoComm every year and award "Best of Show" to the top 10 coolest things they find. Let's see who won this year.


Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

July 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

On stage, a Microsoft executive demonstrated the feature by speaking to a German person through a Skype Video call in front of 16,000 people and the CEO. The demonstration showed real-time audio translation from English to German, and vice versa.


Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front

July 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


We are kicking off the syndication of the stories in this year's issue of Telepresence Options Magazine with one of our cover stories: A profile of telepresence intrapreneur Susie Wee who won a $1.2 million dollar grant from Cisco's innovation fund and built Spring Roll, a head-to-toe telepresence & visualization environment. In the coming weeks and months we will continue publishing the other articles from the Summer 2014 issue including: ยท

WebRTC - Reality Check 2014 by Tim Kridel
Room Control - Making it Easy - What's New and Cool in Room Control by Lindsey Adler
Streaming Video - Proxibid: How video streaming their auctions amped their revenues by Andy Howard
Distance Learning - New York University's Global Classroom by Andy Howard

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What is Cisco's Spring Roll and Augmented Collaboration and Why is it Important?

July 14, 2014 | Howard Lichtman


This article is a sub-article to the 2014 Cover Story of Telepresence Options Magazine: Telepresence Intrapreneur - Cisco's Susie Wee leads from the Front. This sub article was written by Telepresence Options publisher Howard S. Lichtman explaining Spring Roll and the "big ideas" in visual collaboration that this innovation project is looking to address:

  • Stand Up Presentation and Data Visualization
  • Interactive Whiteboarding & Hand-Generated Graphics
  • Head-to-Toe Telepresence layered with Augmented Reality
  • Large-Format Data Visualization, Interaction, and "Bring & Fling"
  • Integration with the rest of Cisco's Video Portfolio
  • and "The iPad of the Conference Room"

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Always On Video Portal App Perch Goes 4.0 With Significant Change For iPhone And iPad

July 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Aldrin Calimlim / AppAdvice

The "Always On Video Portal" app Perch has just been updated to version 4.0 with a significant change that effectively differentiates its use on iPhone and iPad.

So named for its optimized use on iOS devices mounted on walls or stands, Perch lets you and your coworkers set up video portals that, unlike video conferencing software, are always on. The app's portals are ambient as well, with the microphone activated only when the app detects a face in the video window.

Meet Perch from Perch on Vimeo.


K&L 'Genesis' Immersion-machine Offers a Reality-bending Ride

July 1, 2014 | Howard Lichtman

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Kite & Lightning co-founders, Cory Strassburger (left) and Ikrima Elhassan (right)

Story and Images by Ben Lang/Road to VR Blog

When the Kite & Lightning developers told me they had something to show me that couldn't physically be demonstrated anywhere else, I was intrigued. Little did I know, upon arriving at their office, that I would be stepping into a contraption that's been presumed to be a torture device, a jungle gym, and yes, even a "sex machine."

Kite & Lightning is a creative development studio co-founded by Cory Strassburger, a two-time Emmy award winning visual artist, and Ikrima Elhassan, a visual effects technical artist who's held research positions at the University of Texas, Intel, and Nvidia. The studio specializes in high tech and interactive content, with experience in the realm of augmented reality, and more recently, virtual reality. Kite & Lightning is responsible for some of the most visually impressive Oculus Rift demos to date, including K&L Station, The Cave, and most recently, the one-of-a-kind Senza Peso.


Infocomm 2014 Guest Blogger

June 27, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Editor's Note: Our good friend Bryan Hellard shares his thoughts and experiences from the InfoComm 2014 show. Please check back soon for TPO's InfoComm wrap-up and awards.

Instead of being an attendee of the show as in previous years, my duties changed to booth builder, exhibitor and then booth remover (yes, it was an incredibly long week). Even though I was at one booth the majority of the time, I was able to sneak away for a couple of hours to visit with other companies and see what they were offering. So as usual, here is a random recap of some good, some not so good and some silly stuff I came across. And in the interest of no disclosure, I will refrain from discussing the company that I was representing at the show.


First Annual TPO Readership Survey Released

June 25, 2014 | Christina Gray


Here at TPO, we constantly offer you the best content, the best product reviews, and the best news coverage in the industry. But, we're always seeking to improve what we offer our readers, which is why we've launched our the first annual TPO readership survey!

Tell us what you want to see! Your answers will help us to tailor TPO content in the future, so we can make it even better.

Please click the button below to take our 90 second readership survey. It's less than 10 questions and your feedback will really make a difference!



TPO News Brings You Rolling Coverage from Infocomm 2014

June 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options

Company Profile: Vidyo

June 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Internet pervasiveness, the rise of mobile technologies, and the drive for better collaboration have created a perfect storm for video conferencing. Vidyo is at the helm, providing seamless multi-party connections, "bring your own device" convenience, and a telepresence-quality experience for everyone.

Please click here to view the Vidyo Company Profile.

Our detailed Company Profiles feature important information about providers of Telepresence and Videoconferencing Solutions, Managed Services, Video Exchanges, Video Network Infrastructure, Inter-Connection Solutions, and more. Be sure to check back often, as we have many Company Profiles to be published in the near future.

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The 2014 Edition of the TPO Magazine & Catalog is Now Available

June 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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The 2014 issue of Telepresence Options Magazine and Catalog has arrived! Once again, we bring you the only print publication focused on videoconferencing, telepresence, unified communications, and visual collaboration.

New readers, now is a good time to subscribe (FREE) to make sure you don't miss future issues, including next year's print edition. It is also not too late to purchase hard copies of the 2014 magazine/catalog, as it makes a nice yearly reference. Even in this digital age, many of our readers say they still have our 2013 print edition in their lobbys and on their coffee tables, and enjoy thumbing through them from time to time.

Current subscribers should be receiving their physical copies in the mail within the next few weeks, and we will be distributing 4,000 copies in the new few days at the InfoComm event. However, it's never too late to get instant access to the digital edition. Please click widgets below for a full screen view.

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This year's edition takes a close look at the latest immersive innovation from Cisco, the industry leader in enterprise VC, as well as a number of in depth articles on the key players and technologies in today's visual collaboration space, including:

  • Telepresence Entrepreneur Herold Williams Rides Again! Side Article: Array's Equal-i Technology: What's the Big Idea?
  • Telepresence Intrapreneur Cisco's Susie Wee Leads From the Front. Side Article: Cisco Spring Roll and Augmented Collaboration - What's the Big Idea?
  • Telepresence Robotics State of the Industry, 2014.
  • AVI-SPL A Look Inside the World's Biggest Pro-AV Shop.
  • Streaming Video Proxibid: How Video Streaming Their Auctions Amped Their Revenues.
  • Making It Easy What is New and Cool in Room Control.
  • Handicapping the Codec Wards
  • Distance Learning NYU's Global Classrom.
  • WebRTC Reality Check 2014.

The 2014 TPO Catalog includes:

  • 22 Company Profiles: Detailed profiles of the leading companies in visual collaboration
  • 33 Solution Snapshots: Full-page, detailed, product / service overviews including: telepresence environments, videoconferencing endpoints, robotic telepresence, cloud video solutions, mobile video, and much more.
  • 46 Catalog Entries: Quarter-page entries from our online Telepresence and Videoconferencing Catalog

We never rest at TPO, and are already gearing up for the 2015 season. Expect more (and expanded) coverage, along with a slew of updates and programs we are working on to help keep you stay informed on the latest trends and developments in the visual collaboration space.


The Telepresence Options Telegraph: June 2014 - Issue #51

June 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Please click through to view the latest issue of the Telepresence Options Telegraph, your top source for visual collaboration technology news and events. In this issue we gear up for InfoComm, offer original coverage of new offerings from Lifesize, Vidyo, Cisco, and much, much more.

On behalf of the entire TPO News staff, thanks for reading!

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  • 15 Hot Exhibits You Need to See at InfoComm 2014
  • Lifesize Cloud: The New Connected Experience From The HD VC Innovators
  • Video Room System? There is A Vidyo App for That!
  • Cisco Supporting Video "From the Browser to the Boardroom"

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Solution Snapshot: Renovo

June 13, 2014 | David S. Maldow, Esq.


Renovo Software's Video Scheduler is the premier video conference scheduling and automation platform. Video Scheduler is compatible with all the major hardware manufacturers. While it is used in some of the world's largest video conferencing networks, Video Scheduler has the flexibility to meet the unique needs of nearly any video conferencing network. This unique platform combines the complex tools necessary for video network management with the ability to limit and simplify the experience for your end users.

Please click here to view the Renovo Solution Snapshot.

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15 Hot Exhibits You Need to See at InfoComm 2014

June 12, 2014 | Christina Gray


Once again, Telepresence Options is ready to take InfoComm by storm. Last year's event drew over 35,000 attendees from 110+ countries and 937 exhibitors to Orlando, so expectations are high for this next week in Las Vegas. In other exciting news, the 2014 Edition of the TPO Magazine has just been released, and being shipped to Vegas as we speak, to make its print debut at the big event.


Lifesize Cloud: The New Connected Experience From The HD VC Innovators

June 9, 2014 | David S. Maldow, Esq.

Shown above, connection to Lifesize Cloud via their WebRTC Browser interface

With a new Cloud offering, a new brand identity, and a returning visionary at the helm, the industry and market are taking a very close look at Lifesize right now. We spoke with co-founder and returning CEO Craig Malloy, to find out why he came back to videoconferencing, the strategy behind their new cloud offering, and how Lifesize plans to differentiate itself from the ever increasing number of competitors in the field.


Solution Snapshot: AT&T

June 7, 2014 | David S. Maldow, Esq.


The AT&T Telepresence Solution is the industry's first global, end-to-end managed, business-to-business telepresence solution. Subscribers can collaborate with customers, suppliers and business partners via the AT&T Business Exchange, a unique network-based capability for intercompany collaboration.

Please click here to view the AT&T Solution Snapshot.

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The latest edition is now available FREE online. Check it out, and sign up for a free copy of next year's print edition.


Video Room System? There is An App for That!

June 5, 2014 | David S. Maldow, Esq.


Up until now, room videoconferencing and desktop videoconferencing had one major difference. You bought a box to power your room system, and you downloaded software for your desktop VC. Today, many meeting rooms have a decently powerful PC already in place and connected to a big monitor. If only there was a software room system that could run off of that PC and provide a business class experience. That would give us the best of both worlds, true meeting room VC, without the complexity and expense of additional hardware.

Some of you may be thinking that this isn't anything new. We already have downloadable VC software running in meeting rooms. Whether it be a consumer offering like Skype, or a business class desktop client, the software has long been available. Vidyo itself offers VidyoDesktop which could be installed on any meeting room PC. The key difference is that these are all desktop applications. They are designed for the fixed camera, close up, desktop setup. Yes, you can use them in a meeting room and it will be an improvement over a phone call, but it is still a compromise compared to a true VC room solution. The new VidyoRoom SE offering is an actual meeting room system, with a UI visible at 10 feet, support for far end camera control, etc. In fact, rather than being a less powerful version of a hardware system, this new software room system is actually leading with 4k resolution support (allowing for 9 images on screen, "brady bunch style," all at a full 720p resolution each, or four images at a full 1080p each).

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