Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Polycom Slams into the High Definition Videoconferencing Fray!

Polycom has announced its "UltimateHD" system, going Cisco Systems an apparent one-up in the effort to take advantage of a reported boom-economy for high-end videoconferencing vendors. Stuart Corner's story at iTWire.com cites Polycom spokespeople claiming that their solution, unlike others they might mention, "which can only focus on delivering the requisite video resolution, systems adhering to the UltimateHD architecture 'enable a total high definition solution for every aspect of the experience affected by high definition: HD video as well as HD voice, HD multimedia content, HD bridging, HD recording/archiving/streaming, and supporting HD services.'"

I know we're all about the less pricey developments and resources here, but I feel I owe it to you to track these kinds of developments in the airy realm of the "Big Boys," Polycom, Tandberg, and Cisco. Come to think of it, I do have something for the desktop aficionados. Here:

Think of it as blogging on steroids.

Social networking melds with videoconferencing, By Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com, November 20, 2006, as run on ZDNet India, describes a new development in social networking, something called "online videoconferencing." Hmmmmm... Who woulda thunk it?

Keep an ear peeled for "Paltalk," which hopes to become the YouTube of social networking online IVC. They claim a network of 20 million users. I'm listening: That's hard to do, though, while one's head is spinning around with increasing rapidity.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

1Videoconference--mmmmmmm Interesting

Hi, ya'll. Received an email notice this morning pointing me to an article at Newsforge, which led me to check out VOIP Videoconferencing at adiance, a solution they're calling "1Videoconference" and for whose "alpha trial" they are looking for "free participants." That's all I know at the moment, but those of you who might be looking for strong web-based desktop solutions might do well to check it out and get on that list. It's an India-based company, so the bandwidth should be there, along with the drive to innovate and conquer!

At the 1Videoconference website, there's a link to the opensource alpha version that one may download and install on one's server, though I'd say maybe wait 'til the release of the beta that is promised by the end of the year. When it's released, if it works as promised, I'll be covering it here!