Tin-foil jumpsuits, freeze-dried food and standalone videophones. Thankfully only one of these has generally come to be a part of the 21st century (though what you get up to at the weekend is your own business), and with the AiGuru SV1 standalone Skype videophone ASUS are obviously hoping to make a splash. Pocket-lint have been taking a look at the battery-powered device.
Skype have begun selling ASUS' standalone webcam-equipped VoIP phone, the AiGuru SV1. Intended for those who don't want to deal with a full laptop for their video conferencing, the SV1 has an integrated 800 x 480 7-inch display, microphone, webcam and speakerphone; it uses either WiFi or a wired ethernet connection, and has a rechargeable battery.
Cisco is tipped to be readying a telepresence device for home use, with partnerships with Verizon and Comcast suggested, according to sources talking to BoomTown. The exact nature of the device is unclear, but it's believed to cost as low as $200 when "heavily subsidized" or $500 with fewer commitments. Most importantly, Cisco is expected to be pushing their higher quality video than that of arch rival Skype.
It may look a little like Project Natal, but this lengthy webcam is actually Panasonic's Skype camera for their latest HDTVs. The Panasonic TY-CC10W is intended to use with select Viera models, bringing 720p HD video and active noise cancellation audio to the sets for straightforward video conversations.