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Conferencing (Audio/Video/Web)

Yamaha Debuts CS-700 Collaboration System

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Yamaha Debuts CS-700 Collaboration System

Yamaha announces the CS-700-- an all-in-one collaboration solution aimed at huddle room use, with a big focus on audio through the addition of Revolabs microphone technology.

The CS-700 features a beamforming microphone array, four speakers and an integrated USB port for connection to any software-based codec, including Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Spark, GoToConference, Google Chromebox for Meetings, Vidyo, WebEx, Zoom, BlueJeans and many others. A wide-angle video camera captures all meeting participants in the room, and Yamaha says a special optical solution ensires a high "pixel-per-face" resolution necessary for participants to recognise nuanced facial expressions.

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Google Details Jamboard Availability, Pricing

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Google Details Jamboard Availability, Pricing

Google announces the Jamboard-- the first hardware product from the rebranded G Suite of cloud-based tools-- should ship on 20 May 2017 with a $5000 pricetag (plus $600 annual service contract per board).

Sold by BenQ in most of the world, the Jamboard is an portable 55-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution collaboration board. It stands on 4 wheels, making it portable, and is integrated with the G Suite email, videoconferencing, cloud collaboration, device management and file sharing applications. Users can pull in work from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, or add photos stored in Drive.

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1 Beyond Intros Collaborate AVS Conferencing Solution

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1 Beyond Intros Collaborate AVS Conferencing Solution

1 Beyond announces the Collaborate AVS-- a conferencing solution designed to automatically focus the camera on the active speaker designed for larger meeting rooms, classrooms and panel discussions.

The Collaborate AVS gives a close-up view of the person talking, and can be used for video conferencing as well as recording, streaming or IMAG (Image Magnification). No camera operator is required, since switching is automatic.

The system handles up to 8 cameras and 250 microphones placed anywhere, and it even accomodates rooms where the presenter and audience face different directions. Configuration comes through a browser-based interface, and other features include a side-by-side Conversation mode (when two people are in conversation) and integration with the 1 Beyond Auto Tracker camera following a mobile presenter.

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ELB Launches Prowise Board

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ELB Launches Prowise Board

ELB (formerly Electroboard) debuts the Prowise-- a native 4K interactive presentation display, digital whiteboard and video collaboration solution. A collaboration board, in other words.

The Prowise features a built-in Windows 10 PC, wide area microphones, soundbar with subwoofer and a 1080p conferencing camera. Mounting comes through either motorised, height-adjustable mobile stand or fixed wall mount bracket. The company says all Prowise panels have a dust-resistant, fan-free silent running design to extend product life, since ventilators and filters are no longer necessary.

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IBM and Ricoh Team Up in Watson-Powered Whiteboards

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IBM and Ricoh Team Up in Watson-Powered Whiteboards

IBM and Ricoh announce a partnership in a cognitive-enabled interactive whiteboard using IBM's Watson intelligence and voice technologies to support voice commands, taking notes and actions and even translating to other languages.

The so called Intelligent Workplace Solution leverages IBM Watson and Ricoh interactive whiteboards to allow voice control. It also makes sure Watson does not just listen, but instead is an active meeting participant, using real-time analytics to help guide discussions.

Once a meeting begins, any employee (be it in-person or remotely) can control the screen, including advancing slides, through simple voice commands using the Watson Natural Language API. As mentioned earlier the whiteboard can translate speakers' words into several other languages, and even display them on screen or in transcript.

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