Mobile Computing to Transform Videoconferencing

Michael Vizard

People who use the FaceTime videoconferencing application on iPhone and iPad devices regularly have already seen a glimpse of the coming communications revolution. The challenge, of course, is that FaceTimeis basically limited to point-to-point videoconferencing over a Wi-Fi connection.

Vidyo, however, is giving folks today a good look into the future of videoconferencing with the release of VidyoMobile for iOS 4.x on iPads, iPhones and the iPod Touch.

According to Mark Noble, director of product marketing, VidyoMobile is a multi-point videoconferencing application that is aimed at corporate environments that need to be able to deploy videoconferencing across multiple platforms. Because VidyoMobile is a software-only application, it can be deployed not only on tablet devices, but also PCs, smartphones and even any number of embedded system platforms.

In the near future, Noble says Vidyo will add support for other tablet devices based on the Google Android operating system, which, with the advent of dual-core processors, these devices are now more able to handle videoconferencing applications.

Slowly but surely the way we communicate with one another is about to profoundly change as wireless networks become robust enough to provide a truly seamless experience. When you think about how much nuance is lost in a voice call or a piece of text compared to actually being able to see facial expressions, it's no wonder people routinely fail to communicate the true meaning of their message. Furthermore, usage of videoconferencing applications, notes Noble, is 'brain-dead' simple so there is virtually no training required.

Videoconferencing doesn't solve all communications problems, but it sure will go a long way to clearing up a large number of misunderstandings that could have been avoided in the first place.

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