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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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Introduction to GlideTV What’s On Service

September 15, 2010
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Introduction to GlideTV What’s On Service

When I first wrote about the Glide TV Navigator five months ago, I didn’t realize I’d get involved with the company and help them develop and release their “What’s On” service. But that’s where we are today and therefore, a disclaimer is in order. I worked on this project and am therefore biased. As a…

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Glide TV “Navigator” looks really slick

April 8, 2010
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Glide TV “Navigator” looks really slick

I ran into Chris Painter a few months back at a local SF East Bay New Tech Meetup event. I know Chris from his Sony days.  I found out at the time that Chris now has started a new venture, Glide.TV and their first product looks really cool.  It’s called the “Navigator” and it’s a…

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Verizon CEO exiting one dying business for another

September 18, 2009
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The NY Times reports that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg has finally accepted that his landline business is going to keep sliding: Mr. Seidenberg said that his “thinking has matured” and that trying to predict when the company would stop losing voice landlines “is like the dog chasing the bus.” This is being touted as the…

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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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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 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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Roku Netflix Player

May 29, 2008
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Roku Netflix Player

Well, I was going to get one of these, but now I see that it doesn’t have an interface for searching and selecting movies. You have to first log into your Netflix account and add the movie to your queue using your computer. The Roku Netflix Player only allows you to browse titles in your…

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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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