Evolv­ing sys­tems

Austin American-Statesman - - TECH MONDAY -

New video chat tech­nolo­gies out now or com­ing soon in­clude:

Phones: Ap­ple iPhone 4 (AT&T), HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) and Sam­sung Epic 4G (Sprint). The EVO 4G was the first of the new batch of cut­ting-edge smart phones with a front-fac­ing cam­era for video chat, but Ap­ple’s iPhone 4 could be the driv­ing force in tak­ing mo­bile video chat into the main­stream.

Video games: Mi­crosoft Kinect ac­ces­sory for Xbox 360. The high­light of the Kinect add-on, com­ing later this year, is the mo­tion-ac­ti­vated in­ter­face it brings to the Xbox 360 game con­sole. But it also has a built-in cam­era, and Mi­crosoft will in­clude a video chat pro­gram to let gamers com­mu­ni­cate via live video with other Kinect own­ers.

Cor­po­rate video­con­fer­enc­ing: AT&T and Cisco telep­res­ence. While video­con­fer­enc­ing has been avail­able for years, this high­end setup with HD video and la­tency-free com­mu­ni­ca­tion makes vir­tual meet­ings feel more like the real thing. AT&T and Cisco are also hyp­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of video­con­fer­enc­ing ver­sus travel.

Life­Size Com­mu­ni­ca­tions sells video­con­fer­enc­ing sys­tems, aim­ing for cus­tomers rang­ing from small busi­nesses to large cor­po­ra­tions.

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