“Last month, Apple introduced the first practical software for online video chats. With a fairly inexpensive camera-microphone unit that sits atop the computer and a broadband connection, you can communicate with people around the world not just by typing, but with talking, laughing, hand gestures and smiles. You can say hello to a loved one far away, show off the baby, hold philosophical discussions and, of course, flirt,” reports David Colker for The Los Angeles Times.
“So far, this technology — which shows action in full motion, unlike earlier attempts at Internet video chats that looked like communications with a distant planet — only works on Apple computers,” Colker writes.
“Officials at Apple Computer Inc. would not discuss specific plans for the software, called iChat AV, but if it’s a big hit you can bet the technology will not be limited to Apple-to-Apple use for long. (It might follow the development of Apple’s popular iPod music player, which debuted as an Apple-only product then became Windows-friendly),” reports Colker.
“The audio is even clearer than a telephone’s, although there is a sound delay, sometimes quite pronounced, that takes getting used to. And while the image is not nearly as good as one on TV — it’s a bit washed out and pixelated, depending on the speed of the connection and the computer’s processing power — the iChat AV picture is a huge step up from the halting, postage stamp-sized images of previous video chat attempts,” Colker writes..
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