New Computer Vision Algorithms in the PanaCast Video Processor Automatically Optimize Panoramic-4K Video to add Immersive “Being There” Experience to Popular Collaboration Apps like Skype, Skype For Business, Webex, Google Hangouts and Zoom
September 22, 2016, Cupertino, CA – Altia Systems® – a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree and recipient of the 2016 Frost & Sullivan New VC Product innovation Award – today announced new functional capabilities for the PanaCast 2 camera based on new computer vision algorithms developed and implemented in the in-device PanaCast video processor. Altia Systems will demonstrate the latest features at Booth 458 at Microsoft Ignite 2016. The event will be held in Atlanta, GA this year at Georgia World Congress from September 26-30, and will host more than 25,000 senior decision makers and developers.
The field-programmable PanaCast video processor synchronizes, stitches and optimizes video from three miniaturized cameras to create an immersive 180° wide by 54° tall video stream with 3840 x 1080 pixels per frame. Aiming to transform how people see and connect virtually, Altia Systems provides a natural, human perspective to today’s collaboration services. The higher resolution, wider field of view and natural perspective give remote participants the ability to “be there from anywhere®” and truly engage in team discussions.
Since PanaCast 2 began shipping in September 2015, Altia Systems has continued to deliver technology breakthroughs in the video collaboration landscape. “With our latest computer vision algorithms, PanaCast 2 cameras dynamically auto align to the environment they are placed in within a few seconds of being turned on, to automatically deliver optimal Panoramic-4K video. The enhanced experience is seamlessly made available to popular collaboration services. The functionality simplifies huddle room design and has been delivered to customers already via a simple firmware upgrade,” explained Yash Gupta, Director of Engineering for Camera Systems Development at Altia Systems.
PanaCast usage is growing worldwide, particularly in the high-growth huddle room market. “PanaCast 2 gives every participant a virtual seat at the table, helping people communicate and collaborate more effectively. More than 450 companies and 50 universities, in 28 countries, use it every day to improve productivity in video collaboration, higher education, live streaming, broadcasting and distance learning,” said Aurangzeb Khan, President and CEO of Altia Systems.
The PanaCast video processor synchronizes, stitches and optimizes video from three miniaturized cameras to create an immersive experience. Aiming to transform how people see and connect virtually, Altia Systems provides a natural, human perspective to today’s collaborations services. The higher resolution, wider field of view and natural perspective rendering gives remote participants the ability to “be there from anywhere®” and truly engage in discussions.
Availability and pricing
PanaCast 2 is available now, through Altia Systems’ network of value added resellers, system integrators and distributors, on Amazon.com or from Altia Systems. Pricing starts at $995.
About Altia Systems®, Inc.
Altia Systems (getpanacast.com), a venture-backed company based in Cupertino, California, is the creator of the PanaCast camera system and PanaCast Experience real-time interactive software-as-a-service.
Funded by Intel Capital and other leading investors, Altia Systems’ PanaCast products and technology deliver industry-first results in real-time, in-device stitching of panoramic video from multi-camera systems, enabling a unique experience in immersive video collaboration.
PanaCast 2 is the world’s first Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play USB video camera. It delivers a 180° wide field of view which replicates the natural human visual perspective. It works with popular web collaboration services such as Microsoft® Skype® for Business, Skype®, Cisco® WebEx®, Google Hangouts®, Citrix® GoToMeeting®, Vidyo®, Zoom®, etc., without requiring any driver or software installs. It is widely used for video collaboration and education.
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