Can You See Me Now? More Video Chats Hit the Market

Sony Electronics and Dialcom Networks roll out new videoconferencing services.

Feel upset when the new millennium rolled around with nary a video phone or flying car in sight?

It seems the future has finally been realized as companies roll out video-based communications faster than the black market can sell Louis Vuitton knock-offs.

First there was four-way conferencing on Apples Tiger OS; then Motorola released the Ojo video phone.

On Wednesday, Sony Electronics introduced the IVE (Instant Video Everywhere) IP-based teleconferencing system and Spain-based Dialcom Networks presented a videoconferencing plug-in for the widely used Skype voice over IP network.

Both business and home users can take advantage of Sonys IVE service, created in conjunction with GlowPoint, a leading provider of IP video services.

The IVE Business Service works with existing videoconferencing systems and costs around $499 per month for unlimited video chat.

Business users will be able to chat in a QoS, closed environment with broadcast-quality video.

"This is more than a video communications product and service," GlowPoint CEO David Trachtenberg said. "It is a video-enabled community that truly delivers on the promise of anytime, anywhere face-to-face communications."

Sony and GlowPoint aim to fulfill the "anytime, anywhere" promise with IVE Mobile, now available for users with Windows-based systems with a camera and broadband connection.

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