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January 07, 2013

CES 2013: Biscotti Launches Cloud-Based Video Calling via Connected TV

HD video calling provider Biscotti Inc. will debut the Biscotti XS at CES (News - Alert) 2013 as part of its line of HDTV-based video calling appliances, as well as its new MyBiscotti services, including video mail, multiparty calling and PSTN interoperability.

"Biscotti is reinventing the video calling experience," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, CEO and founder of Biscotti. "Video calling should be just as simple as voice calling. The Biscotti and MyBiscotti Cloud Services we are demonstrating at CES provide our customers with a convenient and comfortable video calling experience, allowing our customers to make and receive video calls as easily as picking up the phone or sending a text."

The new Biscotti XS offers calling via a connected TV using Biscotti TV Cams, as well as on any computer, smartphone or tablet with the Google (News - Alert) Video Chat or Android Talk App. The appliance offers Wi-Fi , HDMI and Ethernet connectivity to calling devices, a multiport power adapter with international power blades, an external 3.5mm audio jack for remote microphones and an enhanced remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard for easy data entry, navigation and search functions.

The Biscotti XS also includes a new universal mount with 330-degree swivel that mounts onto any TV, surface or wall/ceiling.

Meanwhile, the MyBiscotti Cloud Services portfolio offers the ability to manage and configure multiple Biscotti, access live images from multiple Biscotti and record and share time-lapse videos.

New and upcoming features include video mail, multiparty calling, SIP and PSTN interoperability.

When it comes to video mail, Biscotti records an incoming video call and stores it on the cloud with MyBiscotti Cloud Services. Biscotti can record video mail from any device – whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, PC or other Biscotti. Video mail may be viewed with any Web browser by clicking MyBiscotti on or via automatic e-mail notice.

Leveraging Biscotti's SIP infrastructure, Biscotti will soon interoperate with the public switched telephone network (PSTN) as well. This interoperability allows Biscotti to place and receive calls from standard phone numbers, including landline phones and mobile phones.

The $299 appliance will be available in March 2013.

Tara Seals has over thirteen years of experience as a journalist. Her areas of expertise cover the waterfront of the service provider segment, especially mobile networks, devices and applications; and video infrastructure, content and broadcast models.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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