Warpia ConnectHD also offers streaming, gaming
Warpia is readying the ConnectHD for wireless video chat for home big screen TVs. The Connect HD (SWP400VC) uses a HD wide-angle webcam combined with a multidirectional microphone allowing users to make 720p video conference calls from their living room. The device also has other talents and can also allow users to stream 1080p multimedia content wirelessly to an HDTV from a laptop or PC.
Users video chat with avatars
Sony is currently demonstrating the facial recognition capabilities of the company's PlayStation Vita gaming handheld. A technology preview at the Game Tools & Middleware Forum 2011 in Tokyo, the gaming company showed how the Vita can track facial movements and use the information to guide avatar movements during a video chat session.
Feature compares to FaceTime and Android tablets
After reaffirming plans to add video chat functionality to the BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM quickly released an update that brings the feature to its tablets. Electronista tried out the new utility, which can be used with either of the tablet's cameras. We have taken a closer look at how the feature compares with equivalent options on the iPad and Android-based tablets.
Price of buyout remains unclear
Skype has confirmed that it has established an agreement to acquire Qik, a startup focused on mobile video streaming. The deal will allow Skype to take advantage of Qik's two-way video chat technology, which gained attention on HTC's Evo 4G smartphone as the first complete implementation on the Android platform.
Integrates with iPhoto, iMovie, other Mac software
Logitech announced that its flagship HD Pro Webcam C910 is now fully Mac-compatible. The HD Pro Webcam 910 is plug-and-play ready for Photo Booth, iChat and FaceTime. A free download provides integration with iPhoto and IMovie and enable video calling at HD 720p resolution. The HD Pro Webcam can be used with common video calling clients such as Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, and Gmail Voice and Video Chat.
SkypeCap 1.2 ($40) is a tool for capturing and recording Skype video and audio. The application detects when Skype is active and then gives users the option to record audio and video or the software can be set up to automatically start and stop recording. Version 1.2 has added support for recording multiple sessions and also includes improved stability and other small bug fixes. [Download - 1.2MB]
ooVoo 1.5 video chat
ooVoo on Wednesday announced its high quality video chat software for Mac: ooVoo 1.5 for Mac allows multiparty video calls between Windows PC and Mac computers. The new version now brings new features that include video call recording, calls to landline and mobile phones, and more. Video call recording allows users to capture their video chats with other ooVoo users and share the file with friends via email, ooVoo file transfer, or by uploading to any of the social sharing sites that incorporate video including YouTube, Myspace and Facebook. Accordign to the company, the length of a recorded conversation is limited only by the storage capacity available on the hard drive of the user’s computer. ooVoo Mac 1.5 also enables users to make calls to landline or mobile phones within U.S. and Canada.
free video chat
ooVoo has launched a Mac version of its cross-platform video chat solution that allows people to connect for free with both Mac and PC users across the internet. ooVoo 18.104.22.168 features the ability to send and receive video messages, exchange files and text chat messages as well as import contacts from other programs. The company says that ooVoo was developed with video at its core for a richer communication experience with high quality video and reduced video delay, clear audio and better lip synchronization. ooVoo’s multi-party video chat offers resolution of 320x240 at up to 30 frames per second using a standard broadband internet connection; it requires only 128 Kbps (up and down) of throughput, which it claims is "less than half required by competitors for a one to one video chat."