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Altia Systems Launches High Dynamic Range (HDR) Solution for World's First 180° Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play Video Camera System

September 19, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Cupertino, Calif. - September 19, 2017 - Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world's first 180° Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play video camera system, today launched PanaCast VividTM, a newly-developed real-time HDR (high dynamic range) technology being delivered as a fully integrated high performance engine running in the PanaCast Video Processor within the PanaCast 2 camera system, which automatically and continuously improves video quality under varying light conditions to enhance participants' collaboration experience.


Slack is now worth over $5 billion after $250 million cash injection led by Japan's SoftBank

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Slack is now worth over $5 billion Slack is now worth over $5 billion 7 Hours Ago | 00:50 Workplace messaging app Slack has raised $250 million in a funding round led by the Japanese tech giant SoftBank, putting its overall valuation at $5.1 billion.


The Modern Conference Phone Turns 25: Polycom Announces New Solutions

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Twenty-five years ago, Polycom introduced its iconic three-legged conference phone and changed the rules of how the world communicates at work. The Polycom phone, with its unique shape and breakthrough audio quality, quickly became the defacto conference phone for everyone - from Fortune 1000 companies to world leaders to characters on The Simpsons - earning its place in pop culture and selling millions of units. Polycom is once again setting the standard for conference phone excellence today by introducing new and updated conferencing solutions that meet the business needs for rooms of all sizes.


A Facebook Video Chat Tablet Could Become Your Living Room Hub

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


We're about to find out what happens when you cross a webcam with an iPad and sprinkle in a little robot learning. Facebook is said to be currently working on this hybrid out of its brand-new hardware division, Building 8-which happens to be looking for employees, if you're interested in making social hardware.


Cambridge start-up Cyclops is giving the dry erase whiteboard a high-tech makeover

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


As far as unproductive meetings go, it doesn't get much worse than being on a videoconference when someone in a conference room 3,000 miles away starts scribbling on a dry-erase whiteboard you can't see.

Organizations are increasingly hiring employees around the globe, and they need tools that help people collaborate across distances. But using a regular webcam to live-stream a whiteboard usually produces a mirror image in which the letters are displayed in reverse. Even when all participants can see the board correctly, shadows and reflections can make words and drawings frustratingly difficult to decipher.


Meeting Owl is a smart videoconferencing master

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by VentureBeat

Almost every gadget you use in the near future will benefit from AI. We'll continue using Alexa on speakers like the Echo, but even a fan in your living room will use AI to control the temperature. The lights will notice when you pull a book off a shelf and will brighten in the corner of the room where you like to read. A coffee maker will use machine learning to make adjustments based on your taste preferences..

It will happen, and it already has with several new products. One that stands out is called Meeting Owl, a $799 device that sits on a conference room table and can automatically determine who is talking. It uses machine learning to understand not just who is speaking, but if there's a conversation between two people and whether the videoconferencing chat should show two or more views for the video. It's all on the fly, as well. And the device doesn't need to be pre-programmed (setting how many people are in a room, for example).


Atlassian, owner of Trello, aims bigger with first new software product since $400M IPO

September 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Atlassian Corp. walked away from its initial public offering with more than $400 million, and the quiet Australian software company is using that haul to aim bigger.

Atlassian TEAM, +0.38% will announce Thursday its first brand-new product since going public, a chat and video-conferencing offering called Stride, software similar to Slack, Spark and their siblings. With Stride and recent acquisition Trello, Atlassian can woo a wider selection of customers, but it will also face more competition from deep-pocketed, entrenched competition like Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +1.25% and Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO, -0.22%


Sirius A Pocket PC will start shipping in November

September 6, 2017 | Telepresence Options


The Sirius A--a desktop PC crammed into a device not much bigger than a phone--will begin shipping from November 20th.

The tiny, wedge-shaped computer runs the full desktop version of Windows 10 and can be connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard to be used as a PC.


The Digital Whiteboard: Innovative Tech, or a Waste of Cash?

August 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options


There's something in me that likes the idea of a digital whiteboard. Maybe it's the ability to annotate notes at the same time as my coworkers or improve collaboration with a bit of visual technology. Perhaps it's my appreciation of all-things new and novel. Either way, I'm not the only person who's feeling the love for digital whiteboards. It appears that countless companies have introduced their own version of this device into the market over the last year or so, with offerings from Google, to Microsoft.


DVE Announces the Launch of the DVE Holo-Suite, Creating the World's Most Realistic Videoconferencing Telepresence

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options


IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Video Enterprises (DVE), an award winning telepresence solution provider, announces the launch of the DVE Holo-Suite, creating ultra-realistic holographic images of people in a telepresence meeting. Demonstrations of the Holo-Suite have proven that wearing augmented reality glasses available from Microsoft and Magic Leap are not needed to have an impressive holographic meeting experience.


How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options


DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.


Meet OhmniLabs,The Hardware Startup That's Manufacturing Their Telepresence Robots In California

August 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Robots have begun making their way into our homes, albeit cautiously. Softbank's Pepper was first created as an empathetic companion for the home, but now mainly exists as a greeter in select retail stores.


So why has the development and adoption of robots for the home been such a slow process?


Cisco Earnings FY2017-Q4: Market Decline or Market Transition?

August 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options



For the period ended July 29, 2017, (Cisco's fiscal quarters and calendar quarters are not the same and the company provides analysts with data for both), Cisco reported revenues of $12.13 billion, down 4% from the same quarter a year earlier. GAAP income was +$2.4 billion. As our graph shows, this was the third consecutive quarter of Q/Q growth, a fact that management refers to as "another strong quarter" although total revenues are almost identical to what they were in Q1-2014. The biggest problem segments for Cisco were Switching and NGN Routing, each of which declined by 9% Y/Y, but still represented 44% of total sales.


VDO360 launches sub $400 pan-tilt-zoom videoconferencing camera

August 14, 2017 | Telepresence Options


We at VDO360 have a habit of listening.

We listen to the software codec folks

We listen to our dealers

We listen to our distributors

But most of all- we listen to our users.

They have all been asking for a solution for those small Team Spaces, you know those- some call them huddle rooms, some call them breakout rooms, while others refer simply as web conferencing rooms. The call for a camera to fit those spaces, and more importantly, the way we use them has led us to the TeamCam.


Covert NSA Listening Stations in Every Major City?

August 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Hi everyone. This piece is a bit more personal. While driving through the South, we happened upon an odd AT&T building in downtown Birmingham, Alabama when we stopped for lunch. After seeing a creepy and very serious security/surveillance man waiting at the parking garage, watching us with some sort of long telephoto lens, it struck us that this was no ordinary building.


Startup Neurable unveils the world's first brain-controlled VR game

August 8, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Imagine putting on a VR headset, seeing the virtual world take shape around you, and then navigating through that world without waving any controllers around--instead steering with your thoughts alone.


What's next for Microsoft's Skype for Business unified communications products

August 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Microsoft begins rolling out overhauled Skype consumer appMicrosoft has been noticeably mum about its roadmap for Skype for Business.

But that silence may soon end, based on a list of sessions on Skype for Business that are slated for Microsoft's Ignite conference for IT professionals in late September.


WikiLeaks Releases Docs on 'Dumbo' CIA Tool Allowing Control of Webcams

August 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options


WikiLeaks released new documents on Thursday within the Vault 7 documents, which contain information on CIA's hacking tools from the Dumbo project.


Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, robots and VR

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options


A team of Stanford scientists have created what could be the perfect "eye" for autonomous vehicles and delivery drones thus far. It's a 4D camera that can capture nearly 140 degrees of information, allowing it to gather more information than conventional cameras in a single image. The researchers call their design the "first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera." It relies on light field photography for the additional info to make its results four dimensional. That means it can observe and record the direction and distance of the light hitting the lens and bundle it with the resulting 2D image.


Cisco Spark Review: Flexible Collaboration for Virtual and Physical Spaces

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Understanding of the role communications technology can play in business has undergone a shift in recent years. A combination of mobility, multi-modal platforms and devices capable of delivering all forms of communication under a single pane of glass has led to the realisation that comms need no longer be just about keeping people in touch. UC can actually play a pivotal role in how people work together.

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