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DiamondWare Acquired!

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DiamondWare’s Keith Weiner just pinged me to let me know that his company had been acquired by Nortel.

For those not familiar with DiamondWare, they build stereo, spatially aware audio conferencing systems.  An accomplished group of audio engineers, the DiamondWare team has solved the problem of how to represent people in 3 audible dimensions.  Their software is in use by the US military, gaming companies, and an increasing array of carriers.  And now, as part of Nortel, they’ll be integrated in the telecom giant’s virtual world project called web.alive.

The DiamondWare team has been a fixture of the VoIP world ever since I started in this industry.  The technology has always been cool, but just a little outside the mainstream.  In my short conversation with Keith he was excited and ready to “stay on for the long haul and scale this thing up”. It seems as if the dream he and his team have been working toward for so long has just been given the backing it needs to become reality.

Congratulations to the DiamondWare team!

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  • Craik August 21, 2008, 6:05 pm

    Just a minor correction – the Nortel 3D environment technology is named web.alive

  • Alec August 22, 2008, 2:46 am

    Thanks Craik. Cranked this out mid afternoon, and it was the first time I'd heard of the project.

  • dean collins August 23, 2008, 6:49 am

    Hey Alec,

    I'm not sure if Cauiliflower is using Asterisk servers or not but I just posted a question on my blog about the possibility of implementing voice differentials for Asterisk conference calls.

    Any thoughts on how to implement something like this on a mono Asterisk channel?


  • Alec August 24, 2008, 4:14 pm

    I haven't looked into it Dean. There are a lot of folks who are or have played in this space, though. Diamondware's server and clients just happened to be the best solution I've seen.

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