The following review was conducted in February 2011.
Industry giant Polycom is no stranger to telepresence and video conferencing solutions. They have a complete portfolio of telepresence and HD video solutions that range from what they call ‘immersive telepresence’ all the way down to ‘personal telepresence’. ‘Immersive telepresence’, according to Polycom, provides a “natural, across-the-table experience where every meeting participant is shown in true-to-life dimensions”.
Their ‘room telepresence’ solutions are optimized for conference halls and lecture rooms while ‘personal telepresence’ solutions cater to individuals or small team workspaces. None of these categories have products that are particularly wallet-friendly. I suppose that's always been a part of the problem with trying to get people on board with video calling. The perception is that it’s just too darn expensive, and in many cases, it's true. For small and medium sized businesses that don’t have an enormous communications budget, these solutions often don’t make economic sense.