Pope Benedict conducted the first ever video conference with the astronauts of the International Space Station. The pope spoke to the astronauts through a video link in the Vatican’s library.

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/pope-has-first-ever-video-conference-space-station-05-21-2011

A new study published by a telepresence provider has identified a trend that we have seen among our customers: technology, specifically video conferencing, continues to play a pivotal role in SMB competitiveness. An increasing number of these businesses will invest in video this year to cut costs and be more efficient, and those with video will add to their existing solutions. Those who don’t will get left in the cold….

http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2011/05/18/5520177.htm

We have a higher education client who is using their custom telepresence system to create a global university, connecting students across the country and the world to each other and to subject matter experts.

The telepresence solution is giving students a unique opportunity to learn because the classes are interactive and in real time. A student in the US and in India may attend the same class, and listen to a lecture by a business leader who did not have to take the extra time to travel for a personal appearance.

It is exciting that younger students may also have access to this technology, and expand the boundaries of the classroom, even if it means sacrificing some snow days…

http://telepresence.tmcnet.com/topics/telepresence/articles/176072-sorry-kids-internet-may-take-away-snow-days.htm

Go VGo!

According to recent reports, VGo Communications Inc., a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots, has taken in $4.2 million in a planned $6 million new equity funding round, the company reported in federal documents.

http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2011/05/16/daily27-VGo-Communications-corrals-42M-in-latest-round.html

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