Apple just announced that the iPhone 4 will include a new video chatting feature called FaceTime. FaceTime allows you to chat with other iPhone 4 owners on video, using the front-facing camera on the device. In order to initiate, you must first make a phone call to the person you want to chat with. Once you are connected, you can then go into a video call. Both parties must be connected to Wi-Fi in order for it to work. Very cool.
We love finding things that do more than light up to put into our USB port. D-link’s Sidestage is such a gadget. The 7-inch LCD monitor with 800x480 resolution is an extension of your PC’s main screen. Use it to IM, watch videos, video conferencing or utilizing tools such as PhotoShop. The monitor is a mere 7 x 4.6 x 3/4-inches and weighs 1.34 lbs, and is compatible with most CRTs and flat panels. Look for price and availability towards the end of the year.
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The latest 1.5 version of ooVoo in beta offers its users the ability to record chats. The free software also offers visual effects, two free hours of call time, and importing of contacts from e-mail. Have video parties with up to six of your friends or conferences with business buddies. You can add it to your blog or MySpace page and view its tasks on a sidebar. The price is right, but be careful that you don’t say anything you don’t want to be used against you. Sign up at the ooVoo Website.
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New to the videoconferencing market is Creative‘s new inPerson videoconferencing device. The inPerson, which has been in development for four years, is an ethernet-enabled high resolution videophone that will work on cable or DSL connections from 256k to 1 megabit up. It functions on both 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and at 7.5” x 6” x 1” and 1.6 pounds is small and light enough to bring on the road for conferencing while traveling.
The inPerson features dual microphone, a speaker and input jack. The seven inch 640x480 VGA screen can be output to an HDTV or projector for meetings with multiple people on either end. Video calls can be placed to Internet users who don’t have inPerson devices. The telephone keypad dials like a regular phone, and the inPerson stores contacts in an internal contact list.
Creative’s inPerson is available now for $699 and a $10 monthly subscription fee.