HP Introduces SkyRoom – High-Definition Videoconferencing

Posted by at 9:43 pm on September 22, 2009

HP today released HP SkyRoom – an high-definition videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings with no subscription fees.

Using HP SkyRoom is as easy as beginning an instant message conversation. Users simply click a contact to connect, which quickly initiates a live SkyRoom session. Another click shares the desktop or rich media content, and participants are instantly collaborating.

HP SkyRoom is based on 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. HP SkyRoom is the only videoconferencing tool to offer real-time collaboration for up to four people over a standard business network for $149.

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:

  • Digital content and engineering teams can collaborate on sophisticated design concepts, allowing tremendous flexibility and performance for sharing content and visually rich human conversations.
  • Production houses can preview animation clips to dispersed teams for live, instant feedback.
  • Financial teams spread across the world can run live models for discussion and collaboration.

Minimum Requirements for HP SkyRoom

Minimum requirements are Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33-GHz or equivalent processor with 2 GB RAM, a webcam and Microsoft Windows XP or Vista. Minimum network requirement is a broadband network with a minimum transfer rate of 400kb/second. HP SkyRoom must run over a corporate VPN to connect to systems outside the local firewall.

Pricing and Availability

HP SkyRoom is available worldwide preinstalled at no cost on the HP Z800, Z600, Z400 and xw4600 workstations. Select premium business PCs and notebooks due out from HP in the coming months will include a 90-day trial of HP SkyRoom, which will be available for purchase thereafter. Customers using current HP workstations, desktops, notebooks or non-HP systems can purchase HP SkyRoom for $149 at www.hp.com/go/hpskyroom.

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