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Skype HD has new Webcams — faceVsion Debuts 720p

As some of you might recall, one of the most important pre-CES announcements we talked about belonged to Skype, which announced back then the imminent roll out of an improved video communications solutions called Skype HD, which would enable people to engage in much more “lifelike” video conversations.

Furthermore, it also announced some important partnerships (with LG and Panasonic, just to name a few companies), as well as the incoming availability of some webcams designed specifically to work with the new service. And that’s exactly the subject we’ll tackle as follows, namely that of the new FV TouchCam N1 from faceVsion.

FV TouchCam N1 incorporates an H.264 codec chip and dual microphones supporting beamforming techniques, and also offers synchronized, crystal clear HD video (720p, 3X DVD resolution) and superior audio quality. The FV TouchCam N1 connects to a PC using a USB plug and comes with a flexible universal base that fits on any monitor.

“We are thrilled to bring HD video to Skype’s global community and that we are advancing online video calls to a whole new frontier together with Skype,” said Alex Huang, CEO of faceVsion. “At faceVsion, we believe video communications should be an incremental and seamless enhancement to existing modes of communication that does not involve purchasing and installing expensive videoconferencing equipment.”

With Skype’s expertise in internet communications and our disruptive technology, the partnership represents a milestone in instant and convenient HD video communications.” Huang added. Manrique Brenes, Skype’s director of business development and product management for consumer electronics, also commented on this issue, stating that “These easy-to-use HD webcams will make 720p video calling via Skype accessible to the millions of consumers around the world who do not have a high performance PC.”

Sadly, faceVsion doesn’t provide any pricing and/or availability details for the time being, but it’s likely that its new Skype HD compatible webcams will arrive in stores shortly, as demand for such products will surely increase.

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Jan/10
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New HA-FXC80 Model of JVC’s

Along with the many other products recently announced, introduced, presented or launched, JVC also announced the addition of a pair of in-ears to its premium Black series headphone line. These are the new HA-FXC80 headphones that mix advanced materials and the company’s Micro-HD driver, all in a uniquely designed cabinet that ensures comfort and a secure fit.475413212121

What makes the headphones perform so well, firstly, is mainly the core, that JVC Micro-HD driver, that via development and design is placed in the ear canal, rather than the common placement in the housing outside the ear found in conventional designs. The only result I can find in this is that the wearer’s ear itself will act as the driver’s cabinet, ensuring a more detailed sound reproduction than what happens in other designs along with sound reflections. Also, the sound isolation from outside noise is improved.

A further improvement in the design is the use of a carbon housing and carbon diaphragm, so that overall, the HA-FXC80 headphones deliver crisp, clean sound and that desired and demanded solid and rich bass.The Tri-form design is what enables users to wear the headphones with the cord below the ear or, if they wish, to turn the housing so that the cord is wrapped over the top and behind the ear, ensuring a more secure fit, for jogging as an example.

Even better, the company included detachable soft ear loops for securing even more the over-the-ear placement of the cord, while for the optimum in-ear fit and close to zero sound leakage JVC was kind enough to include three sizes of soft silicon earpieces. With a gold-plated iPhone-compatible slim plug and 1.2m pure copper cord, the JVC HA-FXC80 headphones are available this month for $59.99.