Videophones: The killer application for broadband?
Although videophones have been around for a long time, they have mainly been used by businesses to teleconference around the world. More recently, we have seen the launch of 3G mobile phones which has introduced this medium the mass mark. Now, more devices are coming out which take advantage of broadband to deliver video telephony to users.
The D-Link DVC-1000, a videophone that connects to your TV is already on the market at under £200+VAT and is probably one of the cheapest solutions in video conferencing. However, this isn't an ideal solution for regular use and short calls as it isn't a particularly small device you can install on every desk.
Pic-Tel has launched the IVP4500, an all-in-one IP videophone which works using the common SIP as well as H.323 protocols which allows it to integrate easily into existing VoIP infrastructure. This is slightly more expensive at £495+VAT but includes a colour screen with the device
More information can be found here. [seb]