Video calls without the hassle

Video calls without the hassle
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First Published: Wed, Jun 24 2009. 09 16 AM IST

Updated: Wed, Jun 24 2009. 09 16 AM IST
With easier access to high-speed broadband connections and the ubiquitous web-cam, you’d think that making video calls to friends and family would be a piece of cake. In fact arranging for a quick video call on any of the more popular platforms entails, at the bare minimum, getting the person on the other side signed up for services such as Gmail or Skype.
What Logitech has done with Vid, a brand new application announced last week, is make this process utterly painless.
All you need, at the bare minimum, is a web connection, a web cam and email. Install the software on your system and then invite your friend via a simple email.
With just a few clicks your friend on the other side is ready to go. What Vid has done is both reduce the clicks used to set up a connection and strip away all the additional functions that might make video calling unnecessarily complicated. The end result is a product that is easy enough for the both the very young and old to use.
For now the Vid software is free for anyone who owns a Logitech camera to use. If you don’t have one don’t worry. You can still be invited by Logitech owners for calls, or try the software for a month after which you need to buy a camera to continue.
We recently spoke to Subrotah Biswas, country manager India and SAARC for Logitech, about Vid, about how it functions, security issues and potential office applications. Click on the podcast link above to listen.
For more details on Vid and to download visit: http://www.logitech.com/Vid
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First Published: Wed, Jun 24 2009. 09 16 AM IST
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