Tandberg bringing HD video conferencing to the laptop

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco yesterday Tandberg unveiled the first public preview of their HD PC video conferencing technology. Movi claims "business-quality" video conferencing at 720p30 resolution using a Tandberg PrecisionHD camera operating on an Intel Mobile Core 2 Quad laptop (formerly codenamed ‘Montevina’) running Tandberg’s Movi software.

In a not-so-subtle swipe at Skype High Quality Video Tandberg CEO Fredrik Halvorsen said, "While other vendors offer consumer-acceptable PC video conferencing, we have demonstrated the video quality that businesses require to adopt PC video communications". But the question is, how much better can it be really? In tests with the right hardware and software Jim Courtney found  Skype HQ, "a winner… an excellent user video experience…. one more threat to the personal communications segment of business video conferencing, even at the enterprise level." Can Movi really take a big step beyond that?

Well I guess the best way to judge is to see it with my own eyes so I might just pop along to the IP Convergence conference in Paris from Oct. 21-23 where Tandberg will be running demonstrations. Movi won’t be available until early 2009 but I think it sends out a clear signal – Telepresence is coming to the PC before the end of the decade.

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And I’ll be following progress over on Vizitant

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One Response to “Tandberg bringing HD video conferencing to the laptop”

  1. Niall Larkin Says:

    Cool

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