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.