INFOCOMM AV Executive Conference 2014

Array Telepresence showed a beta release of its image processing engine ($10K-14K) and camera design that provides a “telepresence experience” on a simple room display system.

Vidyo presented a large screen display combining a multipoint video call with very high resolution content. Besides the fantastic user experience in a videoconference, the other side of the story is the low cost. The system is running on a low-cost Intel computer.

Kedacom showed its low cost H600-L system: a 1080p system with a 3x PTZ camera and full support for all the traditional standards with a new low MSRP of $999.

Russian participants from TrueConf were demonstrating multiple clients, including WebRTC, in a multipoint call hosted on the company’s server intended not for cloud implementations but for CPE. Part of the company’s marketing push is to offer the server as a free service (servers located in California and NJ as well as in Europe), with limited functionality, in order to attract customers.

Microsoft had the largest booth on the infoComm14 show floor, approximately 120 x 80 feet. Nice carpeting, nice couches and coffee tables, and even a flat screen display or two (World Cup).

Oblong presented Mezzanine. With Mezzanine, everyone in the meeting has the control panel and all screens in the room are combined into one gigantic palette. Within the room it is an amazing experience, but the question is how long it takes a user to learn to use all of the system’s capabilities.

Prysm recently acquired Anacore, a custom software development firm. The result is an impressive multi-touch-screen collaboration system that can run on one large flat panel display or on a Prysm’s video wall. It’s possible to mirror what’s on screen to any other room system around the world. Like the Mezzanine solution, the Prysm collaboration experience is totally immersive.

Kaltura announced at its Kaltura Connect 2014 event the launch of Kaltura CaptureSpace, its new lecture capture solution. CaptureSpace will be available for commercial use for the Fall 2014 semester. The new capture solution allows faculty, students, and instructional designers to easily create multi-source video recordings in-class, at home, or on the go, and automatically upload the videos to the Kaltura Platform, making them available for publishing in all leading Learning Management Systems and in Kaltura’s MediaSpace video portal.

TELEMEDICINE NEWS

Medical boards in the USA plan to ease path to online treatment. Officials representing state medical boards across the country have drafted a model law that would make it much easier for doctors licensed in one state to treat patients in other states, whether in person, by videoconference or online. The plan, representing the biggest change in medical licensing in decades, opens the door to greater use of telemedicine and could alleviate the growing doctor shortage.

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