updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon March 24, 2008
quanta oovoo teamup HD
A technology partnership between Quanta and ooVoo will produce the first plug-and-play, real-time, high-definition video chat and messaging system, the two companies announced Monday. The companies, in response to the continuing growth in HDTV sales and popularity of chat programs, plan to create a product that will easily turn a laptop computer, HDTV or desktop PC into a high-definition chat screen. Quanta Research Institute, a research center of Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest laptop maker, would develop the hardware, while ooVoo, a provider of real-time video communication over the Internet, would work on the interface and related software.
The technology the two hope to develop would allow users to plug the product into an HDTV source and the Internet as easily as they would a webcam.
Compression technology the companies would utilize includes a high-throughput H.264 codec, requiring at least 512kbps of bandwidth for one-way 720p video feeds at 30 frames per second, which most homes and businesses already have. ooVoo's software and experience with multiple-party video chats would minimize latency in video and promises to deliver clear audio.
The companies hope to have a product ready for consumers to purchase this year.