HP Halo Collaboration Studio

Posted: Dec 13 2005, 12:28am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 4:53pm CDT, in News | Other Stuff

HP Halo Collaboration Studio
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HP in partnership with DreamWorks Animation SKG introduced a video collaboration studio for simulating face-to-face business meetings across long distances dubbed HP Halo. (Halo?)

Quote from the press-release: "The HP Halo Collaboration Studio enables people in different locations to communicate in a vivid, face-to-face environment in real time." Otherwise known as Video conferencing. Apparently HP and DreamWorks improved standard video conferencing quite a bit with the HP Halo system. One room equipped with 3 Plasma screens (plus 1 data screen) sells for a cool $550,000 (!?). Plus HP charges a $18,000 monthly service fee per room. The HP Halo rooms are precisely designed broadcast studio with professional lighting and color calibration. Two rooms fit together to create a life size conference experience between the participants at the two locations. The Halo Video Exchange Network (HVEN) provides a high bandwidth, full-duplex, no-perceived-latency connection experience between Halo studios (you would expect that for $18,000 per month, no?).
All Halo rooms contain a high-magnification, high-zoom camera that enables individuals to zoom in on objects on a table, revealing the finest of details, from colors to patterns.
HP, DreamWorks, PepsiCo and AMD have Halo Collaboration rooms in use. I definitely believe the HALO Room is a cool system, but doubt it is really worth $1,100,000 (2 rooms). I used a DSL based Video conference system from Polycom with large Sony TVs in the past extensively. And it worked great.

HP says that Halo Collaboration Studios can be installed anywhere in the world customers want them. The only limitation is the availability of adequate fiber optic circuits.
More details in this HP press-release.

HP Halo Collaboration Studio Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Review

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