Videoconferencing firm Vidyo has launched an immersive telepresence product that it claims is significantly cheaper than those from key rivals such as Cisco and Polycom, as the market continues to heat up.
VidyoPanorama offers an immersive system comprising up to 20 screens running high-definition video at 1080p and 60fps, but at 10 per cent of the cost of similar systems from other firms, the company said.
Vidyo has confirmed four-, six- and nine-screen versions of either 720p and 1080p definition that will be available from the fourth quarter of 2011 priced at $40,000 to $60,000.
The product is expected early next year to scale to 20 screens which can be configured to customer preferences such as 18 small and two large screens or 16 small and four large screens.
Vidyo chief marketing officer Ashish Gupta told V3.co.uk that, rather than making companies buy bespoke systems, VidyoPanorama is based on standard products to increase its take up. He added that the software could be licensed through SDKs to drive its use in certain industries.
"Because we use off-the-shelf hardware for the screen as well this is a significant cost saving and means customers are not tied into proprietary systems and can update and change their setup without spending huge sums of money," he said.
"Furthermore, we have opened up the software to allow developers to tailor it for specific applications such as command and control centres, distance learning and medical monitoring."
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