Panasonic Plasmas let you make a phone call
Panasonic Canada has announced that beginning in late May, Skype video calling will be available on 2010 Panasonic Vierra Cast enabled plasma televisions.
Combined with Panasonic’s TY-CC10W webcam (sold separately), the Skype program will allow Panasonic VT and G Plasma series owners to make video phone calls with a picture that has a 1,280 x 720 resolution at a maximum frame rate of 22fps.
The webcam connects to the television’s USB port, features four unidirectional microphones, an echo canceling system, and audio processing for collecting voices in a typically-sized living room. The webcam, which will sell for $200 ($170 in the U.S.), can be placed on top of the HDTV or on the camera’s stand on a nearby stand or table.
Most of the other Skype features available with the Panasonic implementation are the same as what you would find on the computer edition including voicemail, video conferencing and free Skype-to-Skype voice/video calls.
Panasonic is not the first television manufacturer to offer such video calling. Samsung first began shipping HDTVs with Skype software in the Korean market in February and now feature Skype on their Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series of LCD HDTVs.
Discuss further in Digital Home’s Plasma HDTV forum.