Polycom adds remote camera control to Real Presence Mobile

The company is also opening its video conferencing platform with APIs

A new version of Polycom's Real Presence Mobile software allows users to control a video conferencing camera remotely, the company said Monday. Version 1.3 software will be available this month and adds support for two HTC handsets and Apple's new iPad.

With the software, users can pan, tilt and zoom a compatible remote camera by placing their finger on the phone or tablet's screen and dragging a cursor. Polycom said the software is already in use at Orlando Health, allowing doctors in another location to control a camera to better examine a patient. With previous versions of the software, the doctor had to ask someone in the room with the patient to physically move the camera.

"We announced our mobility platform in October of last year with a big launch at CTIA," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, chief development officer of Polycom. "Since then we've been continuing to innovate in that space."

The software adds support for the HTC One and HTC Jetstream smartphones in addition to the new iPad. It also runs on older iPads, the iPhone 4S, Motorola Xoom, Droid Xyboard, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1.

Polycom also said Monday that it is publishing a number of APIs (application programming interfaces) to let software developers design custom applications for the Real Presence platform.

"It's all about extending customers' environments, because no two customers are the same," said Ramakrishna. "So, how do you extend their environments to give them the ability to collaborate and be more productive in their environments? That's really the whole premise around the API technologies that we have built."

One developer, Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based ProtonMedia, has used the APIs to embed Polycom video conferencing and whiteboarding into its ProtoSphere virtual 3D world.

The system typically represents individuals on a conference call with avatars, but through the Polycom API it can allow avatar-to-real-person video calls, said Rob Burns, CEO of Proton Media, in an interview.

Burns demonstrated a beta version of the software in which video calls from two colleagues were displayed on a video screen inside a large, open virtual space. Two whiteboards sat alongside the video screen and could display charts and documents dragged from the PC desktop into the virtual world.

The version of ProtoSphere that works with Polycom's platform is expected later this year.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - MSI GT75 TITAN

"I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?