You probably know Polycom from the ubiquitous triangular telephone, but the company produces all kinds of teleconferencing solutions.

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As soon as you get close enough to one of Polycom's latest systems, the i Pad's microphone detects a signature sound emitted by the system in the room, and tells the app that it's available for immediate pairing if needed.

While it's pretty clear Polycom doesn't intend to ditch purpose-built communication hardware and its business-to-business focus — the company's introducing new hardware this very week, and the Cloud Axis web solution will be aimed at enterprise and infastructure providers when it debuts in Q1 2013 — we're still curious to see how far we could get with the consumer devices and services we use every day.

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Put simply, it's a web-based teleconferencing package that lets someone inside a corporate firewall send video call invites to their contacts on Skype, Google Talk, and Facebook.

Instead of requiring every call participant to have corporate-grade cameras, the system can send an instant message to any old laptop to join in.

The host uses a special plug-in that allows them to initiate a call through a firewall, and can share their video, audio, screen and documents with anyone through an Adobe Flash-based interface. If your company does have the latest and greatest equipment, though, Polycom will let you work it like a wizard with a new i Pad app.

Not only will the latest version let you take calls on the i Pad, let you literally flick them to a nearby teleconferencing system to transfer to a larger screen, and remotely control cameras too, but the app automatically pairs with those nearby teleconferencing systems using ultrasonic sound.