LifeSize affordable HD conferencing/presence solutions
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This is the newest low-cost LifeSize Express 720p HD video conferencing solution. It has an MSRP of $5,999 which is nearly half the price of competing 720p HD conferencing solutions on the market. The LifeSize Express has dual-input capability and it has HDMI input and output which carries audio. The 720p codec in this model is limited to 1.5 mbps.
rnSee George Ou’s blog for more details.
The $5,999 LifeSize Express comes with microphone, remote, and camera.
This is the back of the LifeSize Express which shows all the input/output ports. At this time the HDMI ports which carry digital audio and video capability don’t have HDCP compatibility which means you won’t be able to input commercial HD DVD or Blu-ray video in to the system since they require HDCP copy protection. At this point in time that wasn’t really a priority and no other product on the market has HDCP protection either nor do they have the convenience of HDMI ports.
This is the LifeSize Team MP product which ships tomorrow on 10/23/2007. It has an MSRP of $8,999 and it adds 4-way continuous presence multipoint capability and supports up to 2.5 mbps.
This is the new LifeSize Conference solution which is essentially a “Telepresence” solution without the display and furniture. The solution is essentially two LifeSize Team MPs and one LifeSize Room system bound together by a controller. It is extremely disruptive to the Telepresence market space because it sells for an MSRP of $39,999 when competing Telepresence solutions sell for $200K which includes the furniture and displays. Since you can buy three 52″ flat panel LCD displays for $6K and some pretty nice custom furniture for $14K, you can build a LifeSize Telepresence solution for about $60K. As LifeSize CEO Craig Malloy explained it, you can build a house in Texas with the remaining $140K.