FuzeBox brings new telepresence option to iPads, Android tablets

Summary:Fuzebox has rolled out a new cloud-based telepresence solution for tablets that is touted to be available on any network from virtually anywhere.

Visual application maker FuzeBox is introducing a new telepresence solution designed specifically for the iPad and Android tablets.

Users of this platform will be able to conduct most tasks they would be able to on a desktop or laptop. Features include starting and hosting secure, multi-party telepresence meetings with a single click, recording meetings, and dynamic camera control.

To take further advantage of the tablet itself, the app supports gesture-based annotations of shared documents on touchscreens.

FuzeBox CEO Jeff Cavins explained in a statement that many businesses are looking at tablets much more favorably, to the point where "they’re becoming an ideal platform for mobile video conferencing, collaboration and extending the capabilities of dedicated telepresence systems."

Cavins has a point. Not only are tablets so obviously portable (slim and light designs), they usually have a number of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth, sometimes SD card slots). Tablets are also a lot cheaper to hand out to employees than notebook computers, with perhaps the exception of netbooks or Chromebooks, if you want to include those in the same category.

FuzeBox isn't alone in seeing this. For example, both Cisco and Polycom have video conferencing solutions for tablets.

Speaking of competitors (and collaborators, in this case), FuzeBox has also announced that its Fuze Telepresence Connect technology is now available as a cloud-based hosted solution for iPad and Android tablets, Macs, PCs and other mobile devices. This means users can connect Fuze sessions with other telepresence systems from the likes of Polycom, Tandberg, and Teliris, among others without any additional installations.

Both versions of the new FuzeBox tablet app are available to download for free now, but keep in mind the monthly subscription costs for FuzeBox's services.


Topics: Apple


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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