Creative’s Videophone leaked by Uncle Sam

by James

Creative Video Phone

Whether by accident or design, the FCC has apparently leaked details on Creative’s new videophone. Looking more like a calculator with an LCD screen, the design is apparently geared as a wireless video conferencing solution. Specs include a 7-inch LCD which displays a healthy 16.7 million colors to display it’s SIP supported H.264 video thanks to it’s TI DaVinci graphics chipset. Also included are76 degree wide VGA camera, dual microphones, a 2 hour battery for portable use, and both 802.11b/g WiFi and Ethernet for connectivity.

But the question is, why?

We live in a world where video conferencing is as easy as a webcam and Skype account. If Creative has been waiting for technology to catch up, it’s apparently passed them buy for the geek crowd – except for one feature – the ability to route the video signal through your TV set, which not only increases battery life to 5 hours, but is downright way cool a concept. And for the flashing clock on the VCR crowd, the videophone may be an interesting gadget if it isn’t too expensive.
And if Creative can keep the pricepoint down to under $200, it may not be such a wacky idea afterall.

Especially if they can shrink it down to wrist size so we can all fulfill that Dick Tracy fantasy.

Source: Engadget

4 reviews or comments

Ian Says: December 19, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Scary, too big brother esque for moi.
And this came out the day when your blog hit 666 pages!

Garry “Videophone Boffin” Says: June 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Well, I’ve used Skype quite successfully, but I’ve opted for a videophone, instead. The one I’m using has the phone # “built in”, uses an upgraded network (not Internet to Internet, but phone to phone), is portable anywhere in the world (just plug into high-speed Internet), and costs less than most cell phones ($99 in Canada). Plus, it costs me about $35/month with full phone features, including no-cost long distance to US and Canada. I’m soon to be a grandpa, and my daughter and I both have these so we can see each other, and I can watch my grandchild grow.
p.s. A “boffin” is an expert who has fun while helping people.

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