Vidyo At MWC 2011: Video Conferencing That Doesn't Look Terrible

Posted: Feb 13 2011, 10:49pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 14 2011, 12:20am CST, in News | MWC

Vidyo at MWC 2011: Video Conferencing That Doesn't Look Terrible
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I didn't believe it until I saw it.

It's late afternoon, Barcelona. The air is cool and everything smells slightly of paella. I make my way to the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos (which the King was apparently staying at) and upstairs to the ShowStopper's event. The very first booth I stopped at was for Vidyo, a video-conferencing service that doesn't turn everyone's face into a mass of blotches.

Vidyo brags that it delivers TV-quality images for multiple users. And they seem to be telling the truth. They had several different live video conferences going throughout the event. I saw one man (in Munich) on an LTE connection, one man (in Barcelona) on WiFi and another man using a 3G connection all talking away happily. Latency issues caused the video to pause or move slowly from time to time, but I never saw any image artifacts.

Video-chatting over Qik or FaceTime means chatting with heavily pixelated and distorted versions of your friends/co-workers. Vidyo appears to have found a happier middle-ground. You can never guarantee an uninterrupted video signal, but cutting out the ugly makes a big difference from a user standpoint.

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