Gold Sponsors
Array Telepresence Logo   Human Productivity Lab Logo   Ashton Bentley Logo
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Telepresence Options Magazine

Latest Telepresence and Visual Collaboration News:
Main News Feed

Plantronics to buy video conferencing gear maker Polycom for $2 billion

March 28, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Polycom_voice_solution.jpg

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

Ava_Robotics.jpeg

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

Avatar_XPRIZE.jpeg

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

Vidyo_TalkingPointz.png

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

Dolby_ConferenceRoom.jpg

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

facebook-robot.jpg

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

HELLO_2.jpg

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

Hack_tablets.jpg

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

Encrypt-video-conference-software.jpg

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

Google_Clips.jpg

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

DeepPose.jpg

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

FirstAirlines.jpg

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.

 
 

Buffalo Pacific Raises $5M for Community Portal to Deliver Expert Services Via Telepresence

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Buffalo-Pacific.png

Troy, Ohio (February 6, 2018) - Buffalo Pacific LLC announced today that it has opened its first Community Portal of its nationwide outreach vision, located in Troy, Ohio. The Troy Community Portal is the world's first telepresence-enabled facility that combines financial, education and health/ wellness services within a single site to provide access to experts around the world using "Holographical RealityTM". This futuristic technology, innovated by Buffalo Pacific and our subsidiary TelePresence Tech, is protected by 13 U.S. patents and one European Union patent and serves as the centerpiece of Buffalo Pacific's Community Portals.

 
 

Imverse's groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Imverse.jpg

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren't wearing a headset?

 
 

Leyard and Planar Announce 0.7mm pitch LED Video Wall - the Industry's Smallest Pixel Pitch

February 12, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Leyard_DirectLight_0.7mm_Low_Res.jpg

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018, Leyard and Planar, global leaders in visualization products, announced they are expanding their award-winning Leyard® DirectLight® LED Video Wall System product line to include the smallest fine pitch LED video wall display in the industry--a breakthrough pixel pitch of just 0.7 millimeters. The expanded line, which also includes a new 2.5 millimeter pixel pitch option, will be showcased at ISE 2018, along with several industry-leading LED solutions.

 
 

Google announces new Hangouts Meet hardware, wider Jamboard availability, and G Suite core service addition

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options

google.jpg

Google announced a number of changes to its enterprise hardware lineup today: an updated Hangouts Meet conference hardware set for larger rooms, wider distribution and new AI-assisted functionality for its interactive whiteboard-like Jamboard device, and the inclusion of the Jamboard app as a core service in the G Suite.

 
 

New VC520+ conferencing system offers plug and play

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options

AVer_VC520+.png

The new VC520+ Professional Video Conferencing System from AVer is being showcased at ISE, along with the announcement of the company's Tri-Protocol support for the Orbit Series SVC100 Endpoint Video Conferencing System.

 
 

Highfive raises $32M Series C led by leading global technology integrator to fuel growth of its modern video conferencing solution

February 7, 2018 | Telepresence Options

highfive_video.jpg

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highfive, the company delivering insanely easy video conferencing, today announced that it has raised $32 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to US $77.4 million.

 
 

The Princess Leia project: 'volumetric' 3D images that float in 'thin air'

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Princess_Leia_project.jpg

Inspired by the iconic Stars Wars scene with Princess Leia in distress, Brigham Young University engineers and physicists have created the "Princess Leia project" -- a new technology for creating 3D "volumetric images" that float in the air and that you can walk all around and see from almost any angle.

 
 

Don't Waste Live Holographic Video Conferencing on Meetings, Take a Friend Virtual Dancing

February 3, 2018 | Telepresence Options

Virtual_Dancing.jpg

If reality were more like movies and music videos, we'd all have kicked back our chair, jumped up on the conference table and danced ourselves out of a meeting at least once in our lives. Sadly, however, I've never done it, and I don't know anyone who has.

 
 
Telegraph
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook RSS

Cost-effective immersive conferencing that your users will love!

Industry Calendar
   
YouTube Channel
TPO Youtube
See what happens when YouTube and TPO come together at the Telepresence Options YouTube Channel.