Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. There’s a huge opportunity for video conferencing vendors to work together and offer an experience where every system is compatible, just like a text message. Until then, we’ve developed our own solution, which we call the Highfive Meeting Connector. It’s free to all of our customers. Those with an intelligent Highfive Meeting Room can now easily join other video conference meetings—all with a single tap, from a single device, and without ever leaving their meeting room. Visit Highfive.com to learn more.Tags:News & Viewsvideo conferencingSIP interoperabilityHighfiveHighfive Meeting ConnectorVideo Collaboration & A/VConferencingMeetingsSIP/SIP TrunkingVCaaSWebRTC Articles You Might Like What we want is a seamless, “no worries” way to connect, collaborate, and engage with our colleagues. We want the HD-quality video (or better) that’s been in our smartphones for a decade. We want to connect with others without worrying about which meeting service they’re on or what brand of camera they use. We want to start meetings, share screens, and move between meeting rooms without thinking about it. In other words, we want our remote collaboration to just work, so we can just get to work. Log in or register to post comments Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. In-room conferencing is where businesses are demanding a shift. The massive migration to the cloud, coupled with the simplicity of consumer technology and apps, has made the complexity of the typical in-room conferencing setup seem downright ancient by comparison. The lack of interoperability is yet another point of frustration with these proprietary and vendor-locked in-room systems. It’s maddening that the tens of thousands of dollars you spent on vendor A’s system does nothing to help you connect to a meeting scheduled by a third party on vendor B’s system. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » The “always on” workstyle is here to stay. We all have hyper-connected, super-powerful smartphones and laptops, so attending a meeting, editing a spreadsheet, or sharing a presentation can happen from anywhere. But while our personal communications are fast, seamless, and one-tap easy, the tools we’re bound to at work are a frequent source of frustration. So what’s holding us back? It stems from the way the video collaboration industry is clinging to legacy technologies and proprietary services. Over the years, it has fueled a culture of complacency among end users who have settled for less because that’s all there was. But now there is a way to rise above it all. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Highfive_SP-ConferenceRoom-FULLIMAGE_774.png Consider, if you will, what happens when we send a text to a friend today. When you text someone from an iPhone, you don’t care if they’re using an iPhone or Android device; you just know your message will go through. But if you installed a Cisco Webex Room Kit, for example, you can only connect with other Webex systems. This might be fine if you’ve deployed the same systems across your locations and, critically, only ever need to have meetings between those locations. But that’s not practical. The reality is most businesses use more than three different systems across their organization and often need to connect with organizations outside their own. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. For most incumbent video conferencing vendors, however, it’s not that easy. They might use a mix of different hardware and maybe connect it all with an in-room NUC or Mac Mini. But if they share their APIs, using WebRTC and some creative software development, they can make their service interoperable from both sides, allowing inbound and outbound connections from the meeting room itself. With this ability to connect to other video conferencing systems from a single device in your meeting room, you can finally say: “I don’t care which conferencing service you use, let’s just get to work.” Here’s another option: Use technology to solve the problem. Specifically, modern video collaboration tools can leverage WebRTC and SIP interoperability to overcome vendor-to-vendor incompatibility. This enables your teams to use the hardware and software you’ve already deployed to connect with parties using other hardware, solutions, and meeting services. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room.
This handout photo provided by Carnegie Mellon University, taken in March 2015, shows an exoskeleton boot on a person walking in a park in Pittsburgh. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an exoskeleton boot that makes it easier to walk, burning less calories. When engineers tested the invention they did so by having people wear a pair of the devices, not one. (AP Photo by Lisa Lau/Carnegie Mellon University) (AP Photo, Lisa Lau, Carnegie Mellon University Experimental Biomechatronics Lab) WASHINGTON – Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn’t be done.The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap on a pair, you can reduce the energy it takes to walk by 7 per cent. That means you won’t burn as many calories.It’s wearable robotics without a motor or a power source. The one-pound device relies instead on a spring to store energy and release it with each step, and a clutch that engages the spring at the proper moment.The device is a little too bulky to fit under pants legs or socks.“It doesn’t look too bad. Looks kind of flashy,” said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Steven Collins, lead author of a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “When you first put them on, it feels a little bit odd, then after a few minutes you don’t really notice it very much.”With an obese nation, making exercise burn fewer calories may not seem like the best idea, but it’s not as crazy as it sounds, Collins said.Studies show that when walking or biking becomes harder, people do it less. So maybe if it becomes easier, people will do it more and burn more calories in the long run, Collins said.This sort of hydraulic cast could also boost the development of other exoskeleton devices — perhaps for the hips — to help disabled people walk better, Collins and other engineering professors said. The key innovation was coming up with the clutch, Collins said.He said he has no plans to manufacture or market this particular device but will talk to others who want to do so.This was more of an engineering challenge than a plan to create the next hot product, Collins said. For a long time, researchers had figured that evolution had already provided humans with the most efficient means of moving. So the question was: Can scientists improve on nature without using motors to cheat?“Most studies show that human walking is incredibly efficient, so finding a way to make it better is incredibly interesting,” said biomechanical engineering professor Andy Ruina at Cornell University, who wasn’t part of the study.Ruina and other outside engineers praised the new device.“It’s totally cool,” Ruina said in a telephone interview, while walking and a little out of breath. “I wish I had those.”___Online:Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2015 12:02 pm MDT These boots are made for walking easier: Motor-free device will put a spring in your step