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LifeSize has unveiled a new videoconferencing phone featuring touchscreen operation for greater usability. The company also took the opportunity to explain its overall strategy.

LifeSize, a division of Logitech, has introduced its second-generation LifeSize Phone. Rafi Anuar, director of global product management, told iTWire the replacement of all physical buttons with a touchscreen is an industry first.

LifeSize Phone

The objective was to remove complexity for users so that anyone can use it without training. For example, press the 'call' button and then pick from the directory to make a call; and to record the session (see below), press 'record'.

"That's going to drive adoption," said Mr Anuar, suggesting that it puts the smartphone experience onto a conference phone.

The touchscreen helps the devices acoustics as well as improving the user experience, he said. By eliminating common causes of rattling, the audio quality is improved.

The new LifeSize Phone will be delivered first as part of the LifeSize Room 220 HD videoconferencing system, then added to the rest of the company's range.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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