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Blockchain Project to Give Users 'Telepresence' Anywhere Via Live Streams They Can Control - Story and images by Cointelegraph A Blockchain-driven company plans to "give people the power to be instantly everywhere" by creating a marketplace where users can hire someone's physical presence in order to see and hear the world as they do. UbiatarPlay says it is bringing to life technology that has only been seen in sci-fi movies until now. Its system would see individuals, known as Avatars, be ...
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Why now is the time for WebRTC - Story and images by Computerworld Utilized by billions of users and thousands of applications, this open-source technology has finally become the new standard for real-time communications over the web. More than six years ago an ambitious, real-time communications project was spearheaded by Google. What emerged was a powerful, open-source tool capable of equipping web browsers with the ability to support voice and video conferencing and data sharing. Aptly n...
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Move over Tupac! Life-size holograms set to revolutionize videoconferencing - Story and images by Science Dailey New light field displays effectively simulate teleportation A Queen's University researcher will soon unveil TeleHuman 2 -- the world's first truly holographic videoconferencing system. TeleHuman2 allows people in different locations to appear before one another in life-size 3D -- as if they were in the same room. "People often think of holograms as the posthumous Tupac Shakur pe...
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Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning - Story and images by Tampa Bay Times SHANGHAI (AP) -- Missed paying dues on your Communist Party membership? There's a bank for that - and it's fully automated. A state-owned Chinese bank has opened an automated branch equipped with facial-scanning software, a virtual reality room, a hologram machine, talking robots and touchscreens for paying utility bills and Communist Party fees, among other functions. The branch opened last we...
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Researchers receive funding for telepresence robot - Story and images by AdVantage News Put simply, a telepresence robot being created at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville functions like "walking Skype." And, while the end goal is simplicity for users in a classroom setting, the critical thinking, and technological design and development involved in its creation are complex. The Wailian Education Group, now WeEducation Group Inc., supported the robot research and development with pr...
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If (Virtual) Reality Feels Almost Right, It's Exactly Wrong - Story and images by Scientific American How adding touch to VR can lead to an "uncanny valley" of sensations--and what we can do about it We can all remember the crisply beveled edges of our cheery-yellow No. 2 pencil, the cool, smooth feel of a chalk-powdered blackboard, the gritty red bricks of the schoolhouse walls. Surely that all wasn't just an illusion? No, of course not. But--as it turns out--it kind of is. The sense of to...
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Cisco folds Spark into Webex - Story and images by Fierce Telecom Cisco has subsumed Spark, its team collaboration product, into Webex, its online conferencing product. Spark, now called Webex Teams, will henceforth be considered an add-on application for Webex Meetings. Now, customers can still subscribe to one or the other. On the page that Cisco set up for potential subscribers to compare features and pricing, the company says that if you order Spark, you "will automatically receive an u...
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Plantronics to buy video conferencing gear maker Polycom for $2 billion - Story and images by CNBC Headsets maker Plantronics said it would buy Polycom in a deal valued at $2 billion. The deal comes two years after the video conferencing equipment maker was acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital. The cash-and-stock deal comprises about $948 million in cash and Plantronics shares worth $358 million, as well as $690 million in debt. Headsets maker Plantronics said on Wednesday it would...
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Polycom's Trio just got better! - Story and images by ITWeb VC no longer limited to the huddle room. This is a game changer for Polycom and for Hardware Distribution," says Gail Holt, MD of Hardware Distribution. The Realpresence Trio conference phone is the best conference phone Polycom has ever produced! With a 6m pickup range and advanced audio technology such as enhanced Polycom HD Voice and the patented Polycom NoiseBlock, RealPresence Trio has become the ideal solution for any meeting...
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Ava Robotics Introduces Autonomous Telepresence Robot - Sorry and images by IEEE Spectrum Founded by ex-iRobot engineers, this startup is building a remote presence robot powered by sophisticated sensors and autonomous navigation 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 i...
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