Microsoft is launching a new type of conference room display at Computex this week. While the software giant manufactures its own Surface Hub, its partnering with other display makers to create Windows Collaboration Displays. The displays simply hook up to existing Windows 10 PCs in businesses, and include built-in sensors that connect to Microsoft’s new Azure IoT spatial intelligence features. The sensors will detect presence in a room, so they could let a businesses improve how a room is heated or cooled, and to more efficiently manage room-booking systems. The displays are high resolution, multi-touch, and support stylus input just like you’d find on a Surface Hub. Microsoft is even certifying that the displays have far-field microphones for features like Cortana, and a camera is attached for video conferencing through Microsoft Teams or other software. Ultimately, the new displays are designed to improve conference meeting rooms. Typically, businesses either use regular … [Read more...] about Microsoft launches new Windows Collaboration Displays to make meeting rooms smarter
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2018--Today, Polycom unveiled its unified cloud solutions strategy, Polycom Cloud Services, and released Polycom Device Management Services (PDMS). This service provides new capabilities to enterprise customers to manage and measure their telephony devices. As a market leader with over 15 million desktop and conference phones, Polycom’s footprint in enterprises and service providers alike will be complemented by the new cloud service’s ability to streamline and simplify management, provisioning, and updating.Polycom also announced it will continue to roll out new cloud solutions for enterprise customers and add services for solution providers in the coming months. These new services simplify the audio device lifecycle management process by using the cloud to bring data and analytics to manage, monitor, and measure the growing complexity of audio devices in organizations.“Employees are solving problems together more than ever … [Read more...] about Polycom Launches New Cloud Services So Customers Can Measure and Manage Their Meeting Room Technology
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff April 21, 2018 When employees at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge talk about grabbing Valium for a meeting, they don’t actually pop the blue sedative immortalized more than 50 years ago in the Rolling Stones classic “Mother’s Little Helper.” The Valium Room is one of 32 conference rooms at the biotech that are named for a notable drug, from albuterol (for asthma) to Zithromax (for bacterial infections). Ironwood’s chief executive wants employees to learn about the hurdles cleared by scientists who developed blockbuster drugs, including interference by top executives. “Inevitably, somebody foolish in senior management — it’s usually the CEO — tried to kill the program,” said Peter Hecht, whose firm makes Linzess, a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Heard in the halls of biotech: I’ll meet you in the Valium room.
Voicera today announced it has acquired Wrappup to expand its meeting assistant Eva to the AI note-taking app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Voicera has raised $20 million from some of the biggest names at the intersection of enterprise and AI, including Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and GV, formerly Google Ventures. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cisco and Microsoft both shared plans last year to bring Spark Assistant and Cortana into the workplace and meeting rooms. With millions of G Suite customers and Alexa expanding into the workplace as well, Google Assistant may join other tech companies that want to bring their assistants into offices and meeting rooms. Transcription services are also available from Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. Voicera acquired Wrappup, cofounder Omar Tawakol told VentureBeat in a phone interview, to better serve users’ needs during the great many meetings that … [Read more...] about Voicera acquires AI notetaker Wrappup to boost meeting summary on iOS and Android
HP has launched a 2nd-generation version of its Elite Slice meeting-friendly mini PC that the firm debuted back at IFA 2016, alongside a mammoth 55-inch 4K resolution conferencing display.The Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms G2 comes with Skype Room Systems, and benefits from an optional Centre of Room Control, which is basically a 12.3-inch touchscreen tablet (hooked up via a 1.3m long cable) that allows you to easily manage your conference calls.A further nifty touch is that this optional touchscreen extra has a built-in ‘presence sensor’ which detects when a participant enters the room, so it can intelligently start the meeting. The tablet also benefits from smudge-resistant glass to avoid any of those nasty fingerprint marks that might accumulate when the device is used by multiple people.HP’s new Elite Slice also boasts a far-field microphone capable of picking up sound up to 5m away, along with noise cancellation.Slice of securityAs this is a business peripheral, … [Read more...] about HP’s new spin on Elite Slice mini PC aims to revolutionize your meetings