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Mobile Video-conferencing

Mobile video-conferencing on notebooks and handhelds will become a popular application in future.  With 3G wireless networks and wireless broadband, it will become economical to connect this from anywhere to anywhere. 

Toshiba and Winnov Inc. (a Silicon Valley startup), have been working on a portable videoconferencing systems into the mobile industry.  Both of these companies are building their systems around Type 2 PC cards, but have different software approaches for their respective systems. 

Toshiba’s “Noteworthy Business Video Phone” includes:

  •  Colour analog camera IK-D30

  • Features include: weighs 130 grams and mounts on a laptops LCD panel

  • Video capture of up to 30 fps

  • Speeds up to 132 Mbytes/s

  • 330,000-pixel CCD providing 640 x 480 image capture

  •  Video Cable Connectors 

  • Software package compatible with Intel’s ProShare architecture

Winnow’s “WideumConf Traveler” includes:

  • Colour analog camera made by Philips Electronics:

  • Features include: remote camera pan/tilt/zoom control

  • Video capture of up to 30 fps

  • Video cable connectors

  • Headset

  • software package: VDOnet’s VDOPhone and White Pines’ Enhanced CU-SeeMe

Both Toshiba’s and Winnow’s packages conform to the H.324 international industry standard and will sell for about $ 400 - 500 USD.

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