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July 14, 2012

TMCnet's HD Video Conferencing Week in Review


By Monica Gleberman
Contributing Writer

Since the creation of high-definition (HD) video for consumers, companies have wanted to bring that higher resolution communications tool to the workplace. Enterprises have realized the benefits of having a virtual call center, data stored online, and of hiring work-at-home agents.


When connecting with one another, it only makes sense that companies would want the best resolution possible.

This week, Vidyo announced it will be adding the capability to video conferencing on the MacBook Pro using a five-megapixel video. Carolyn Dawson, a TMCnet Contributor, reported on the announcement saying the company recently showcased its new product claiming it can offer 2.5 times the pixel count of hardware telepresence systems on Apple’s (News - Alert) latest device. “[With the] capability to provide a mix of 1080p and 720p video streams, and a maximum of five MP data share for a collective maximum of five megapixels,” said Dawson, “Vidyo (News - Alert) associates stand to automatically gain from computer improvements and latest form factors being introduced by Vidyo.”

Charles Kazilek, Assistant Dean of Technology, Media and Communications at ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said this new platform would allow students and teachers to collaborate using a higher quality video service. He added that this “exceptional” video quality would allow the college to expand more creatively and visually. It was only a year ago that the company added the ability to offer a virtualized video conferencing solution. 

Read the full report here.

iPPea announced this week, that its current iPPea TV is Android 4.0-friendly, allowing users to bring the Android experience to any HDMI-enabled DTV. Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor, reported on the announcement saying that 4.0 is stated to be the latest version of Android platform allowing iPPea TV to build on popular Android features such as multi-tasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, and resizable widgets.

“The dongle has built-in features to support 1080p HD video, as well as, other popular audio video formats. The idea behind the dongle is to equip Smart TVs with apps just like smartphones, and now users can enjoy streaming videos, YouTube (News - Alert) videos, music, and photos from sites such as Flickr, as well as many other Android games,” said Nathesh.

Nathesh added some notable features and benefits of iPPea TV dongle: “plug and play compatible with almost every HDTV and HDMI interface; first ever product to utilize the Android 4.0; MIPS architecture generates less heat and saves energy; built-in 802/11b/g/n Wi-Fi; supports USB 2.0 for Wireless Mouse Control; SD Card (News - Alert) for external disk expansion and a micro SD slot, and more,” said Nathesh.

Read the full report here.

Finally this week, Vidyo, a provdier of advanced video conferencing products and services revealed it had hired Amir Shaked as the new senior vice president for product management.

Arvind Arora, TMCnet Contributor, reported on Shaked’s background saying he has “previously served a number of enterprises at responsible positions such as president, CEO and general manager, concentrating on video conferencing, new media, e-commerce, application acceleration, and telecommunications applications. Now at Vidyo, he will engage the product strategy and management of the firm’s extensive product portfolio,” said Arora.

Ofer Shapiro (News - Alert), co-founder and CEO at Vidyo, said he could not be happier with Shaked’s previous performance and welcomes him to Vidyo. “As Vidyo continued its rapid growth, Amir’s significant experience will be incredibly valuable to Vidyo as we continue to grow and expand our industry-leading video communications and collaboration technology and product platform,” said Shapiro. “Amir’s proven ability to align product strategy to the execution of business goals will play a critical role in Vidyo’s future success and we are excited to welcome him to our ranks.”

Read more about Amir Shaked’s new position here.

Keep updated on the latest HD Conferencing News by visiting TMCnet.com.


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