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Apple iOS5 is Available Today

UPDATE on errors during download from Computerworld.  From me…it may be wise to wait a day, or three, before installing, what is your rush anyway…a few more days won’t hurt.  Read a book!  🙂

Just in case you are soooo busy taking care of video conferencing stuff….here is a reminder that Apple’s iOS5 is available today!  See this article in Computerworld.

I use Andriod, but, my wife and daughter both have iPhones.  One cool thing that is gonna happen with this upgrade is the iCloud.

I wrote about iCloud a couple of months ago on  So go there to read a really insightful, well written, extremely interesting, sneek peek at the iCloud.  🙂

Gotta love this cloud based stuff…..very very cool.


Vidyo Video Conferencing App for iPad2 & iPhone

This press release came in via email a couple of days ago.  Very cool.


HACKENSACK, NJ – October 6, 2011 — VidyoInc., today announced availability of VidyoMobile™ for iOS 4.x on iPads, iPhones and the iPod Touch on the Apple App Store. The VidyoMobile application allows Vidyo’s enterprise customers to seamlessly offer mobile workers the ability to participate in company video conferences from their  iOS or Android mobile devices, expanding access to conferences that already connect laptops, desktops, telepresence and HD room systems (including interoperability with Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg and other H.323 and SIP endpoints).

To see VidyoMobile on an iPad 2:

“VidyoMobile turns hundreds of millions of mobile devices into video conferencing and communication endpoints delivering up to 720p HD resolution with shared content viewing capability,” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo. “Equally as important is that participants are able to connect to video conferences beyond their mobile devices – with desktop and laptop computers and telepresence room systems — and experience the same low latency, high quality performance that is Vidyo’s hallmark.”

Vidyo sells enterprise video conferencing and collaboration solutions through a worldwide network of resellers and service providers. The company also announced today global service provider support for VidyoMobile from Arkadin GlobalAuralinkBCS GlobalDoXomElisa,ID SolutionsPowwownowVideoCall and VuCall.

“Alcatel-Lucent has been working with Vidyo to demonstrate high quality video communication between international locations over our lightRadio LTE network.  VidyoMobile has performed flawlessly, is intuitive to use, and is the kind of innovative solution that will drive explosive adoption of mobile video conferencing  in the future,” said Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel- Lucent Wireless.

VidyoMobile is for business customers that currently offer their employees access to Vidyo’s software-based infrastructure through their enterprise IT department or through service providers who offer Vidyo as a service.  Users simply need to download the app from the iOS or Android App Store and log in to their existing account and begin using VidyoMobile on their mobile device.

Like all Vidyo endpoints, VidyoMobile can participate in conferences with more than 100 participants- displaying up to 4 participants at a time on the iPad2- and provides the user the ability to customize the view and select presentation materials.  Additionally, participants are displayed using the active speaker feature, which automatically displays the current and last few speakers.

VidyoMobile for iOS 4.x is available now and support for the iPhone 4S will be coming soon.VidyoMobile for Android smart phones and tablets is in Beta and will be available for select certified devices in November. Service packages and pricing vary by provider and region.
The Vidyo Difference

The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. The VidyoRouter is based on the company’s patented Adaptive Video Layering™ architecture and leverages H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC)-based technology.  It eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching enabling natural, affordable, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. The Vidyo platform allows users to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations and new consumer devices, making it uniquely attractive to partners. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005.

About Vidyo, Inc.

 Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions.  Learn more at, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

End of Press Release…

Steve Jobs Dies

OMG…the world just lost a GREAT man.

A man who changed the world….not just once, but, several times. (Apple II, Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Pixar, Next…graphical interface?  commercial mouse?)

Where most are content to design a product that is evolutionary, Jobs dared to design products that were revolutionary.

Such a sad day…October 5, 2011.  😦

Goodbye, Steve…

Radvision Scopia Mobile Video Conferencing

How in the world did this escape me?  Here is some info on the Radvision Scopia Mobile app for iPhone and iPad.

Those of you who know me, know that my dealings with Radvision go W-A-Y back .  As we were developing the ESnet H.323 architecture (starting in 1999), Radvision was there with us.  Eventually, the ECS gatekeeper was the workhorse GK for the ESnet IP video conferencing network that was put into operation Jan 29, 2004, and very quickly grew to be the largest H.323 network in the world.

Radvision is a great company, with great people.  So much for objectivity!  🙂

The Scopia Mobile app works via the Desktop Server, but, from there it can connect to virtually any standards based equipment.  I believe it works on both WiFi and / or 3G – 4G (they say “mobile broadband”, but, I don’t know what that means….)

As a full registered user, on the server,  the mobile app user can set up a meeting, invite new participants, view and manipulate (using H.239) a presentation / document.

It looks like you can also mute a participant (you know how that goes), change the video layout, and more.  Awesome!

For the billionth time:  Video Conferencing anytime, anyplace, anyone.  Driving to a meeting room is stupid….

Here are some screen shots:




More and more standards-based (or at least standards interoperable) mobile apps are coming out.

Effective, high quality, video conferencing communication is now available anywhere.

A great thing!

Telecommuting = Coworking = Telework.  🙂



LifeSize versus Cisco

Surfing the Internet and I found this interesting article on Bloomberg.

A snippet:

LifeSize Communications Inc., a unit of computer-mouse maker Logitech International SA (LOGN), expects revenue to jump as it competes with rivals including Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) to add clients in the videoconference market, set to more than double in the next five years.

LifeSize’s sales are forecast to rise two to three times faster than the market, which is expected to grow 15 percent this year, Chief Executive Officer Craig Malloy said in a phone interview. Revenue at the Austin, Texas-based company rose 34 percent to $36.5 million in the fiscal first quarter, making LifeSize Logitech’s fastest-growing business.

“We’re seeing very, very rapid growth in videoconferencing,” the CEO said. “We’re going to piggyback on key trends and accelerate our growth.” LifeSize is targeting $1 billion in revenue in coming years, Malloy said, without giving a precise timeframe.”

Now…I was around when the Wainhouse folks predicted multiple times (in the 90’s) that the video conferencing industry was going to be a $1 billion industry, so, truthfully, I do not listen to estimates anymore.

What I look at is what the companies are offering now and what they plan to offer in the future and see if that fits “Mike’s” idea of what I think is good or not.  I can be wrong, but, more times than not, I have been right.  Still poor…..but right, that has to count for something, somewhere.  🙂

Based on the research I just completed on LifeSize, and the research I am now in the middle of on Cisco (and, sorry, as much as I LOVE Tandberg)….LifeSize is probably gonna kick Cisco’s butt.

One (but not the only) reason why….see the top picture.

More to follow when I post my blog entry on Cisco / Tandberg in a week or so…

Just sayin….

Steve Jobs Resigns

This is scary.  I would not be concerned if he wasn’t sick, and stick thin.  But…

From my perspective…this is a guy who changed the world more than once, more than twice, more than three times.  Simply awesome.

He is not afraid to innovate, to try something new, to make it easy, to make it reliable, and then have the foresight to have the backup stuff available to make it all work.

Read my original blog entry on the brand new, world changing iPhone.  Look at the smartphone you have in your pocket today…I rest my case.

The world will miss his creativity and energy.  Let’s hope he re-gains his health.

Heytell Push To Talk App on iPhone and Android

Been hearing a lot of buzz about Heytell, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Interestingly, I forwarded the information to Kristen and she, surprise surprise, wanted to give it a try with me!

She downloaded the app on her iPhone, while I downloaded it on my HTC Aria android phone.  We both stayed in WiFi connection during this test…

After a minute or so of trying to get the registrations completed and the Heytell process right, we were able to push & hold the button, and talk.  A few short seconds later, I heard my voice coming out of Kristen’s iPhone.  VERY COOL.

I then walked outside and we chatted for a few more seconds until the declaration came from inside “I’m bored”.

So much for testing Heytell with a 19 year old.  How funny…


Heytell worked fine.  The quality was good (listen to the clips below) and the ease of use was outstanding.  I had thought you needed to download then respond, but, it was more “real-time” than that…like a walkie talkie.  A good thing.

Not sure if teenagers will use it since texting is silent and more private, but, people who work together can certainly use it.  For example, if I was down running wire at the racks, I could push to talk to Clint in his office (or in his office any where in the world) to test my work.

People in the field (for example an air conditioner mechanic) can connect very easily to home base…

I’m sure we can come up thousands of uses, but, I’m not sure (just a gut feeling) it is the next “killer app” some have proclaimed. For that…the teens need to be engaged, and judging by Kristen’s response (It certainly was not ME boring her…was it?)  and comments about privacy…they may not engage.

But, I have been wrong once before.  🙂

I wonder…..push to talk video conferencing?

Audio Clip Saga

Preparing for this blog, I was able to access the conversation we had (by long holding Kristen’s conversation bar on my phone) and listen to each snippet.  BUT, I was only able to export to my Gmail account MY portion of the conversation (not sure why that is).  It was sent to me as a WMV file (without the video).

The two audio clips you hear below are different quality, and that is because I had to record Kristen’s via my laptop (Windows 7 sound recorder)….but, if you listen to the quality of my voice, that is what we both got using Heytell….VERY good!


kristen 2


#1: Windows 7 records and saves the audio files in WMA only (WTF is more like it, see this on WMA on WikiPedia).  Maybe I missed something, but, standards are here for a reason.  Right?  Last I knew WMA (or even WMV) were not agreed to standards….??

#2: WordPress does not allow WMA only WMV (I wonder why one and not the other?), MP3…etc, but I had to upgrade to 5 Gig to get that ability (which I WILL use moving forward).

#3: I had to download a WMA to WMV or MP3 converter just to get the audio file I recorded using the Win 7 sound recorder (WMA) up here.

#4: Windows Movie Maker is gone, now some piece of garbage is in it’s place and it did not accept ANY audio files.  Only video!  How crappy.

Standards and Microsoft…..two words that do not seem to go together???

My suggestion:  This is 2011 Microsoft….get with it.  Save your dang audio files as MP3, or give us a choice !!!

Ahhh, I feel better?  🙂

Mirial Connects iPad 2 to H.323 and SIP


UPDATE: August 24, 2011:  Mirial is now part of LifeSize.  See my latest blog entry on LifeSize for all the scoop.


Got an email from Mirial telling me that they now support the connection of iPad 2 video conferencing to standards-based H.323 and SIP videoconferencing systems such as Polycom, Lifesize, and Cisco / Tandberg (I’m sure Mirial too…..but they left themselves out…).

From what I can gather, Clearsea is set of applications (and hardware) that include an app that you download to your Andriod or iPhone smartphone.  This app then lets you connect to standards based videoconferencing products (including what sounds like Will’s wife and a Codian MCU !) as shown in the following two videos.

Here is part of the email announcing all this stuff:

Video call with your brand new iPad 2 – today!

After less than one year after the arrival of iPad™, Apple launched iPad 2 claiming it to be such a bar raiser for the competitors that “it will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.” (Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO).

A lot more has been said about the new device, facts are that the iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, has a faster dual-core processor and better graphic performances.
But the real deal about iPad 2 are the new front and rear cameras, making it a perfect portable endpoint for visual communication and collaboration for corporate users.

As many enterprises rely upon SIP or H.323 video conferencing systemsit is essential that the new devices such as iPad 2 can be integrated into their existing infrastructure. Mirial ClearSea enables standards-based video calls with iOS and Android devices, PCMac and any SIP/H.323 room equipment such as Lifesize, Polycom or Cisco.

Try it yourself, it’s available now! Request your free demo.

Feature of the month: switch camera

In order to take full advantage of the two cameras on the iPad 2 ClearSea Client for iOS features a gesture-based switch camera feature that allows you to switch between the cameras, even during a call.

Check it out in this video by Samuel Sandoval of DeafTechNews LLC, who reviewed the product on the iPad 2 only a few hours after the release.


This is very interesting news as mobile video conferencing more fully establishes itself….

In fact, it was two years ago that I gave this presentation….seems like I hit the nail on the head concerning mobile videoconferencing.

Yeeessss…my predictions are coming true faster and faster….my next prediction: I will make millions of dollars!  Haha, we will see how long THAT one takes.    🙂

QR Codes

Ever see one of those square barcode like looking thingys?

I had one hanging on my door from Google Places, but, I did not know what it was or what to do with it.

It looked cool, so I stuck it up there.

So what the hell is it?

Well, finally getting curious I did a bit of web searching.  WikiPedia, of course, has a nice, concise, explanation which I quote below:

QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.[1]

The technology has seen a large uptake in Japan and South Korea. However, in the west there has been a considerably slower adoption of QR Codes.[2]

I suspect that as SmartPhones become more prevalent, the use of the QR codes may increase here.

Give it a try! If you have a SmartPhone, and the appropriate app on it (you can find free QR apps on either the iphone or android phones)…….scan the QR code I put at the top of this blog entry.

Where did you go?  Pretty cool, huh?

I also have a QR code with my name, business, phone and email…in other words a contact QR code.

According to the “QR Droid” app (a great application by the way…I will donate some $$) I downloaded on my HTC Aria, I can make a QR code for:

  • Contact
  • URL Address
  • Application (calls up an app?, I have not tried it….yet)
  • Phone Number
  • Calendar Event
  • Free Text (how is that as opposed to priced text?)
  • Geolocation
  • SMS

Pretty impressive list of uses….I will start integrating QR codes in my work life more and more.  For example, do you want to rent a room, or sign up for coworking?  Scan the appropriate QR code to call me (and store my number easily on your phone), send me a text message, an email, or just go directly to Paypal.

VERY COOL. (Hmmmmm, I will make up a QR code with my contact information for the next Tracy Chamber Meeting….that would be interesting).

In addition to being useful…I think it is pretty geeky nerdy cool…..just like me!  🙂

Speaking of nerds……I will be getting a t-shirt made up with the QR code I made on top.

I can just see the kids at the Mall with SmartPhones scanning my shirt and then learning that they need to….

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.