Creative inPerson Video Conference Device
I think we all know that talking to someone through the telephone, an IM chat, or even a webcam chat is no comparison to them actually being there. Video conferencing is certainly something we all foresaw back in the fifties, but until we get to the point where we have holograms that we can see and touch, technology will simply not replace human contact.
Until that day, Creative has developed the next best thing to human contact with the inPerson Conferencing, which allows for one-on-one or group video conferencing.
The inPerson is a little box that is designed to be three things: portable, lightweight, and wireless. All a user has to do is set it down in a good viewing area, and it is ready to video conference. The inPerson opens up to a seven inch widescreen LCD that has a resolution rate of 640x480. Here is where you can see the person you’re in contact with at a bit rate of 2 MBbps, and the 76 degree wide angle lens camera makes certain the other person can see you. The other person on the other end might need another InPerson or a Creative Live! Cam.
And what is sight without sound? The inPerson has high sensitivity dual microphones for longer range pickup, and comes built with an Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) feature. There is also a built-in speaker.
As for connectivity, the inPerson is ready. It can connect to any 10/10 Base-T port, and also to any wireless 802.11 b/g. As far as power is concerned, it is powered by a removable Li-ion battery. The inPerson also has a lot of other terrific features, such as a call history function, speed dial, auto answer, even an auto login. It comes with many accessories, including a wireless remote that will come in handy all the time.
The Creative inPerson video conferring device is available at the Creative website for a price of $899.99. Now, I think the real question we have to ask is whether the inPerson will change the world of communications. As it is, I think the price might be too high for your average consumer, especially if it dependent on the person at the other end having an inPerson or at least some Creative webcam product. However, for those business people that are always on the go, this might be a way to keep in contact with their distant superiors in the closest face-to-face communication that technology can give us for now.