I have not posted anything new in 2 months!

I just did.

Hey….send me some pictures or video of your latest video conferencing gadget(s).  I will post.

In the meantime….have a happy summer!  :-)

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ReadyTalk Announces Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has been added to ReadyTalk (for some reason I thought they already had it….oh well.)

I like press releases.  No work for me….a new blog entry for you.  Call me lazy!  ;-)

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We are pleased to announce the availability of ReadyTalk video conferencing, enabling you to get the most out of your collaboration experience with fully integrated audio, web and video conferencing.

Video conferencing brings the valuable element of face-to-face engagement to your meetings, making it ideal for collaboration, interviews and small trainings.  Here are some details on ReadyTalk video conferencing:

  • Four simultaneous video conferencing feeds which can be shared by chairpersons, co-presenters, or participants.
  • Included in your existing web conferencing subscription at no extra charge.
  • 25 participant capacity for viewing the video feeds.
  • Participants viewing feeds can share their video feed when a slot becomes available.
  • Chairpersons and co-presenters can actively manage the shared video feeds.
  • Video feeds are shared in a film strip next to your web conference content.

Learn more about video conferencing benefits and features.

Ready to get started? Your subscription has access to video conferencing today! If you have any questions regarding your account or this feature, please let me know.

Feel free to contact me or ReadyTalk customer care (800.843.9166 or help@readytalk.com) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

ReadyTalk
Audio & Web Conferencing, ReadyTalk
(800)843-9166

 

Blue Jeans Changes Cloud Video Conferencing Again

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Hot off the heels of Enterprise Connect where the WebRTC Conference-within-a-Conference drew overflow crowds, Blue Jeans Network will announce it’s newest product: Sniff RTC.  On Monday, April 1, the cloud-based video conference service and unofficial work from home sponsor will unveil the newest feature enriching the video conferencing experience to better connect users around the world. The Sniff TRC patented olfactory technology will enable a deeper interactive experience by integrating smell to Blue Jeans Network’s video capabilities. Key highlights include:
  • Rich communication experience that you can see, hear and now smell
  • Customizable hardware for all occasions
  • Various business applications including recruiting benefits
Please see the below link for the YouTube video product description, along with the below blog post that is under embargo until April 1st at 5:00 a.m. PT/8:00 a.m. ET. 
*Note that you will not be able to embed this video until we turn it live at 5:00 a.m. PT/8:00 a.m. ET
Blue Jeans Network Blog Post 
Here at Blue Jeans we’re constantly pushing the envelope and thinking of new ways to innovate our product. We’re relentless in our pursuit of bringing the full meeting experience to life and today we’re excited to announce our newest feature, Sniff RTC. The Sniff RTC patented olfactory technology will enable you to finally smell what’s on the other end of the meeting. Blue Jeans can even customize the proper nose for your organization’s needs and guide you through practical applications of the product.

And that’s not all – we’ll soon be adding taste bud and tactile technology to enable our users to really get a sense of the meeting.

With Blue Jeans, you can see, taste, touch and most importantly smell what you’ve been missing.

About Blue Jeans Network

At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road.  Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends.  Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet

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Cloud Based Video Conferencing Adds Features

Here is a VERY important announcement from the good folks at Blue Jeans Networks.

******Copy this URL and share it with ALL of your friends and colleagues ****

This is TOO IMPORTANT to ignore! 

Whooops!!!!   On the ADVICE of my LAWYER…..

(Click here on Monday after 8 AM EST to read the announcement….my bad)  

 

:-)

Blue Jeans announces bi-directional HD desktop sharing for Microsoft Lync users

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I love cloud-based multipoint videoconferencing, but, you already know that.

Here is a SCOOP from Blue Jeans Network that I just got permission to post.

I was told that Blue Jeans has been interoperating Skype and Lync since 2011 (even though the press release says 2012).

No surprise there.  Blue Jeans has been pushing the state-of-the-art in cloud based videoconferencing almost as long as I have (well, just a few years less….).  :-)

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Blue Jeans Network First To Offer Microsoft Lync Users Ability to Share Their Desktop Content With Cisco, Polycom, and Other Mobile, Desktop, and Room-based Video Conferencing Solutions

 

New Capability Enhances Lync Value for More Effective Business to Business,
Business to Consumer, and Intra-company Collaboration

February 20, 2013 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Blue Jeans Network, the leader in interoperable video conferencing services, today announced the availability of bi-directional HD desktop sharing for its growing base of Microsoft Lync users.

Since Lync support was first introduced by Blue Jeans in 2012 it has become a popular option for customers looking to connect their Lync users to non-Lync users inside and outside their organization for multi-party video collaboration.  This includes colleagues using Cisco or Polycom video conference rooms, as well as remote workers, partners, and customers on the many desktop or mobile video collaboration solutions already supported by Blue Jeans, including any browser, Skype, Cisco Jabber, Google Video Chat, and more.

“Tens of thousands of Lync endpoints have already participated in Blue Jeans meetings,” said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network.  “Up until now these Lync users could easily join the meetings, to see and be seen, and could receive desktop content shared by other, non-Lync, devices.  With this new bi-directional HD desktop sharing feature, Lync users can now also share their own desktop content, including presentations and other documents, the way they are used to, in high definition with other meeting participants.”

Blue Jeans is the first and only vendor offering this multi-party bi-directional content sharing capability between Lync users and non-Lync users without requiring any special on-premise hardware or software to buy, manage, or maintain.  The Blue Jeans bi-directional HD desktop screen for Lync functionality is fully implemented in the Blue Jeans cloud and is included with every subscription.

“We use Blue Jeans in order to extend our Lync deployment to easily interoperate with our room-based systems,” according to Andy Brezinsky, Director of Engineering at Milwaukee, WI-based Corvisa Services.  “In addition to across-the-board video conferencing which helps us to improve communication between employees and partners in multiple offices and multiple states, today’s announcement from Blue Jeans will also allow us to extend collaboration by leveraging Blue Jean’s desktop sharing capabilities.”

“Whether it is SMBs trying to integrate room-based video conferencing systems with Microsoft Office 365, or large enterprises looking to have Lync deployments communicate with existing Cisco or Polycom hardware, Blue Jeans acts as a simple, reliable, and scalable solution to allow businesses large and small to benefit from interoperable video conferencing without the headaches of on-premise solutions,” said Neil Setchell, CEO of ExtraTeam a Pleasanton, CA-based technology consulting firm, systems integrator, and Blue Jeans partner.

 

For more information or to see the new Lync functionality, please visit bluejeans.com/microsoft-lync.  To schedule an in-person demonstration at the Lync Conference 2013 on February 20-21 in San Diego, CA, please email lync@bluejeans.com.

 

About Blue Jeans Network

At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road.  Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends.  Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California.  For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company@BlueJeansNet.

 

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WebRTC Video Conferencing Test via Vidtel

Me meeting with me

Video conferencing with myself. :-)

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Got an email from Vidtel a few weeks ago announcing the ability to connect to Vidtel video conferencing using WebRTC on my Chrome browser.

I did a really quick test since I think this technology is awesome and will move video conferencing one step closer to ubiquity.

What I Did

Since my first review of Vidtel, they have left a room on their system for me to test with (thank you Vidtel!!).  So using that room (2819) and entering the correct pin, I did the following.

1. Dialed my Vidtel virtual room using Chrome.

Figure 1: Connected to room need to enter PIN

Figure 1: Connected to room need to enter PIN

2. Entered the correct pin to connect to my room.

Figure 2: Connected to the meeting room, waiting for participants.

Figure 2: Connected to the meeting room, waiting for participants.

3. Dialed my Vidtel “MeetMe” room using Google Chat on my Smartphone.

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Figure 3: Android smartphone video conferencing participant entered the meeting

Once connected, I changed the layout (figure 4) and then added the keyboard (figure 5).

Figure 4:  Changed the layout.

Figure 4: Changed the layout and moved me.

Figure 5:  Popped up the keypad

Figure 5: Popped up the keypad

There is so much more you can do…give it a try!

Conclusion

Using WebRTC to connect to a video conference is one more, albeit it major, step to bringing video conferencing to the masses.

Using your browser makes connecting to a video conference super easy. Once connected, the audio and video quality are excellent.

I love to see companies move the technology forward.  Bravo Vidtel!  :-)

Geek Christmas Gifts 2012

 

 

GO HERE FOR MY 2013 GEEK CHRISTMAS LIST

 

Assuming we make it to Christmas this year….think Mayan calendar…here are some cool GEEK gifts to buy your favorite NERD for Christmas.  :-)

Thanks to former AltamontCowork coworkers Tom and Dave, the Gardner twins, for helping pick geeky additions to this list.

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Bluetooth Handset Gloves

What nerd would not want these?

Rolling Alarm Clock

For our 21 year old at college who cannot seem to get up in the morning!

rolling alarm clock

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Microsoft Surface Tablet

Hey…it’s new.  Geeks like new.  Besides the TV commercial is kinda cool.

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Tesla Car of the Year

For the rich geek in your life.  Or poor one like me who would love it!  :-)

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Big Bang Theory DVDs (hey…are DVDs old technology?)

If you love the gang….get it on DVD before DVDs are obsolete.

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Magic Wand Remote Control

Harry would be proud!

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Nerf-like Bow and Arrow

I have plenty of targets at work…

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Dr. Who Gifts (geologically slow web site….)

I never watched Dr. Who.  Apparently I am not geeky enough.

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Video Spy Helicopter

I want one!  Just imagine the various uses….

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Bilbo Baggins Bobblehead

Get your GEEK on for The Hobbit” movie in December.  I re-read the book just to refresh my memory of the adventures of  Bilbo and his 13 friends.

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Nook HD and Kindle Fire HD

What geek would not like these.  Books, games, video, Internet all in glorious HD.  GEEK ON!

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Old Fashioned Telephone Handset for your Smartphone

I found site wandering around the Internet…I may add more from it later.

old fashioned telephone handset

Google Chat on Motorola Atrix Smartphone

In the process of evaluating the ZTE ZXV10 T700 (I will post the entire product review by weeks end…I hope), I went ahead and made a three way video conferencing call using  our friends at cloud-based video conferencing service provider Vidtel.

The picture above shows a Google Chat connection via my Toshiba Laptop computer (middle), the ZTE using H.323 (top), and my Motorola Atrix smartphone again using Google Chat (bottom right).

On the phone, I can change the camera, mute the mic, and send text chats.  In fact, Vidtel recognizes some of the text chats as commands…..very cool!

The moral of the story is this:

You are no longer tied to a conference room to participate in a video conference!  Anytime, anyplace, anywhere is here……NOW!

More to follow….

Telepresence vs VideoConferencing

I suspect it is about time I chimed in on this definition thing on this blog.

I had an unfortunate “job” interview yesterday and it got me to re-evaluating a lot of things.  The job was to install “telepresence”.  After a few seconds of questioning  I realized that it was not “telepresence” they wanted, but, plain old vanilla “video conferencing”.  Unfortunately, I was told I was “not qualified” to install it….thus, the re-evaluation. Getting old really does suck…avoid it all costs!

But, with age comes wisdom…and also the lack of fear to express my opinion, now more than ever….

One thing I need to do (now I can check this off my bucket list) is to give you MY definition of the difference between telepresence and video conferencing.  (The pictures shown below are totally random….so don’t get all upset about what vendors are being shown…:-))

Telepresence: A very expensive room with a wonderful “experience”

Video Conferencing: Everything else from mobile to conference rooms

You get the idea….

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Bryan Hellard Reviews: Fuzebox

According to the salesman, FuzeBox licenses from Vidyo its SVC (which he called Scalable Video Codec not coding) but uses something different for audio. That was immediately apparent because there were no audio issues during the call and I used my webcam’s microphone and desktop speakers.

Ease of use

Unfortunately, I was not given Host rights so I was just a user connecting to a meeting hosted by the salesman. I connected via an email link and that took me to Fuze’s website for an 8mb download. Note that once the Fuze Meeting program was installed, it was not automatically put in my computer’s startup routine. That’s always appreciated, especially if you are dealing with not-so-power users. Connection via iPad required downloading the app and input of a meeting number and user name. That’s it.

Quality of product

Due to SVC (as I was told), there is no ability to change bandwidth based on connection speed or quality. This absolutely wasn’t needed though as the video and audio quality was both excellent over the 30 minute call. There were no lip sync issues, even on the iPad. Nor was there lag between the image on the iPad and the image on my desktop. If there is significant lag on any of the devices, there is always the problem of people talking over one another. Not an issue here with my setup.

Pricing

FuzeBox has a couple of versions of FuzeMeeting listed on their website. The website www.fuzebox.com/pricing also has pricing listed for each version. Anything above Pro would be overkill for me as I wouldn’t see myself in meeting with more than four people on video. At $49/month it is about the right pricepoint. I was told by the salesman that it is not sold monthly though, only yearly and that’s a bummer. The host is only required to have a license so you can email invites out for meetings and the other parties only need to perform the install and they are ready to go. The Business version allows for twelve people on video and adds a couple other features not available on the Pro version as well as a couple of enhancements.

 Conclusion

One item of note: Salesmen frustrate me. Typically, I like talking to support staff, engineers or owners because they understand that I am looking at products both subjectively and objectively and won’t buy a product because of (insert marketing speak here). He automatically assumed his product was the best out there because it is the most used and even compared the product to Cisco, Polycom and Lifesize hardware endpoints. When I first got connected to the call (I was early, salesman was late) the salesman said “You have 10 minutes!”. I thought; “Seriously?” and went about the demo. Sales tactics aside, their product is top notch in both video, audio and data sharing. I would recommend it.

 

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