HP established a new category in video- conferencing with the introduction of HP SkyRoom – affordable, high-definition videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings with no subscription fees. HP SkyRoom is based on breakthrough video and image communication technology developed in HP Labs, the company’s central research arm. Elements of this technology were used by NASA’s Mars rovers to transfer high-resolution images back to Earth. Until now, companies have had few options for videoconferencing – expensive enterprise telepresence systems or Internet freeware tools that strip out the subtleties of human interactions and don’t allow for the sharing of rich media content such as video and computer-aided design manipulation. HP SkyRoom will be included as a standard feature – at no cost – on select HP business desktop and mobile workstations and for free for a trial period on many upcoming HP premium business PCs and notebooks. HP SkyRoom can be used on workstations or PCs from Dell, Lenovo or Sun that meet minimum technology requirements. With HP SkyRoom, users can share any type of application supported on their PC or workstation, including office documents, streaming video and interactive 3-D applications.
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