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TMCnet's Conferencing Week in Review: Couch Potatoes, Rejoice


June 18, 2011

Once again, the conferencing industry has been busy releasing new solutions and products to produce immersive and personalized experiences in the workplace, and at home.

Calling all couch potatoes: Soon enough, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your video calls and meetings, right from your couch. Comcast has teamed up with Skype to offer a marriage of their services on the TV screen in which Comcast customers will be able to make and receive video and audio calls, and send instant text messages, while watching TV. The companies’ news release says the Skype interface will even allow people to continue watching their show at the same time.

“This service will be delivered on the Comcast customer’s HDTV through an adaptor box, a high-quality video camera, and a specially designed remote control that enables customers to text on Skype as well as control their television,” the companies said. “The other calling party does not need any special equipment beyond what is needed to use Skype.”

There’s even rumor of a high-definition camera for the ultimate life-like viewing experience on a big TV screen, as well as a downloadable smartphone or tablet app to allow connectivity while on-the-go.

In other news, conferencing collaboration, multi-media streaming and connectivity systems provider ClearOne has released an all-new ceiling microphone suited for group meeting environments. A three-element device, the microphone minimizes noise from ceiling sources while also delivering full 360-degree meeting coverage.

Whether you get it in black or white, this microphone will certainly not allow any statements to go unheard.

Lastly, audio and video conferencing expert Cenero is now offering the capability for clients to customize and integrate video communications within their own websites or applications via an embedded video conferencing app. According to the article on TMC, the Auralink solution offers access to a full set of Integrated Online Meeting Tools that provide entrepreneurs with a vision to create innovative web applications in a short time and with minimal cost.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.


Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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