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Polycom Unveils Touch Control for Telepresence

Polycom introduced the Touch Control, an interface device for Polycom room telepresence systems that allows users to control all aspects of their experience using a touch screen that resembles a mobile phone or other similar device.

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Polycom introduced the Touch Control, an interface device for Polycom room telepresence systems that allows users to control all aspects of their experience using a touch screen that resembles a mobile phone or other similar device, according to the company. By simplifying how users find colleague, place calls, share content, and access advanced features, the Polycom Touch Control aims to shorten the learning curve for new users and facilitate broader adoption of visual communication.

The Polycom Touch Control is expected to be available by fourth quarter of this year. Pricing is not yet available.

"Historically, the remote control was the front line for the user experience," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of visual communications at Polycom, in a statement. "Simplifying the user experience is a key differentiator for Polycom and one that we are leading in a number of ways, from video-enabling applications people use every day like Microsoft Outlook, to delivering a more intuitive interface like the Polycom Touch Control."

Polycom says its Touch Control gives users an experience similar to those of mobile devices such as phones and MP3 players. Its 7-inch color screen allows casual and power users to navigate key functions from basic dialing and content sharing, to advanced features using finger gestures to touch and slide icons or navigate intuitive arrows and tabs. According to the company, the graphical interface is designed to help users locate contacts and dial video calls using a corporate directory, local address book, or presence-enabled contact list.

The Touch Control also supports content sharing during a video call or via a room's AV systems during a non-video meeting. Multiple content sharing methods are available with Touch Control to allow users to quickly and easily share content using the integrated USB ports.

The Touch Control also acts as an interface for IT administrators who can access system settings and, in future software releases, other Polycom solutions such as the RSS 2000 and 4000 servers and Polycom SoundStructure installed-room audio systems. Touch Control devices can also be centrally managed using the Polycom Converged Management Application (CMA).



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