telepresence

Video conferencing industry poised for disruption?

May 16, 2012
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As many of you know, my views on video conferencing are contrary, if not downright sacrilegious. Those views come from deep reflective research, the kind of research that gives you an answer other than the one you wanted, but you can’t ignore it. So today we have a true expert, and I don’t mean that sarcastically, in video…

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Whitepaper provides unconventional perspective on “videoconferencing”

June 9, 2009
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I have released a brief whitepaper summarizing my contrary position with respect to “videoconferencing”. The paper is titled: Practical Applications of Low-cost Network-Based Video: Beyond Videoconferencing as a Substitute for Face-To-Face and is available at the following link: http://www.toyz.org/whitepapers/video_social2009.html This paper was originally written in 2003 but I was not able to publish until now,…

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More unconventional video wisdom

March 31, 2009
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Tsahi Levent-Levi at the TMC Talking Video blog refers to my recent post on video in which he says: Andrew MacDonald tried to see what’s his perceived audio quality threshold. He shows that improving audio quality improves the medium and the cues it provides. Ok, no problem. Many years of research bear this out. Audio…

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iSpykee – Open-source Spykee for iPhone

March 15, 2009
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iSpykee – Open-source Spykee for iPhone

I finally finished making my previously mentioned iPhone hack for Spykee into a form I could release for public consumption.  It’s still not perfect, but at least I’ve removed external dependencies so it can be installed without too much difficulty. Basically you run the “controller” software on your LAN (the same LAN as the Spykee…

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Update on my eComm presentation

February 26, 2009
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Update on my eComm presentation

This has not made it to the eComm site yet, but here’s what my 5-minute lightning talk will be about: Mobile phones are practically ubiquitous. Everyone carries them and most of them are turned on and connected 24×7. Today’s mobile phones, even the least expensive ones, have sensors, spare cycles, and connectivity. These resources can…

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Not so startling Cisco research on video

February 2, 2009
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A tweet from Dina Mehta via Mark Petrovic pointed me to an article titled The psychology of videoconferencing that refers to some research Cisco recently released. Cisco says: [research published in 1971] revealed that only seven per cent of our understanding comes from pure words, and that 40 per cent is gleaned from the tone…

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Spykee iPhone Hack

November 20, 2008
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Spykee iPhone Hack

At left you’ll see my first cut at a rudimentary Spykee mini-console for iPhone.  If you’re familiar with the standard PC or Mac Spykee console app, you’ll recognize many of the functions. This app only implements a sub-set of the full PC and Mac consoles.  I basically wanted to get some minimal functionality working before…

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Spykee wi-fi robot – first looks

November 17, 2008
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Spykee wi-fi robot – first looks

I saw the Spykee robot at Costco and so I went home and researched what it was all about. Then I decided to run back to Costco and pick one up before the US supply runs out. It was $229.99 Spykee was created by a French company, Meccano and is being distributed in the USA…

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Videoconferencing predictions past and present

May 29, 2008
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This week we’ve seen many references to “recently released” research suggesting that videoconferencing may finally be ready to take off. Videoconferencing – a much talked about, but seldom-used technology – may finally be earning its spurs within the enterprise. 85 per cent of respondents polled either use or plan to use video conferencing. Forty one…

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FYI: Telepresence is not “new”

May 19, 2008
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Cisco is pushing Telepresence hard as “the next big thing” and a lot of people are buying into the hype and referring to it in language like “new” and “next generation” technology. I have news for you. Telepresence has been around for decades, at least in research circles. It used to be called Videoconferencing and…

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