Skype and Logitech have revealed the new Logitech TV Cam HD, providing a new product to make it easier for people to have HD Skype video calls from the living room.
“Skype’s own research indicates that 40% of video calls are already taking place in the living room and that most video calls are made to connect with close friends and family, the new Logitech TV Cam HD gives you yet another option to bring Skype into your living rooms,” says Skype’s Bob Rosin.
“We wanted to make video calling as convenient as possible for the entire family,” he adds.
The Logitech TV Cam HD brings Skype to any HDTV with an HDMI input. With Skype on your TV screen, conversations are now even more convenient, relaxed and simple, and everyone in the family can easily join in on the fun – right from the comfort of the couch.”
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The device comes with wide-angle HD video, so you can fit everyone in the room onto the screen easily, HD 720p, Logitech Fluid Crystal technology and Carl Zeiss optics. Skype says this makes for “sharp video and rich colors – even in low light – and clear sound in real-world conditions.”
There’s built-in Skype and Wi-Fi connectivity, of course. There’s no software to install. You can receive Skype with the TV off, as the camera has a built-in ringer and LED to let you know when someone’s calling.
It’s also helpful to know that the device can store up to 20 Skype accounts.
It will run you about $200, and will be available this month in the U.S. (September for Europe).