Re: Home Videoconferencing (NOT Cusm)

David Winet (dwinet@qal.berkeley.edu)
Sat, 28 Jan 1995 12:08:16 -0500


Isn't there a product called Shareview that does video/audio over POTS?

On Fri, 27 Jan 1995, Matthew Sanderson wrote:

> Hello!
>
> Just as a follow-up, I did join the (what CompuServe calls a
> conference and what the Internet calls a) chat on Home
> Videoconferencing in the "Computer Life" Forum of CompuServe
> (and believe me I have no financial association with any of
> the above or below mentioned services or products)
>
> The conference maxed out at six participants - disappointing.
> However, the high point came when I asked Byron Nilsson (who
> authored the article <Jan issue, see above, now gone from my
> newsstands>) what the hardware setup was, he replied: "Sure,
> just let me hold my copy of the article up to the camera lens".
> In a few years, that probably will be possible.
>
> Quick overview of product (which I totally misunderstood from
> the conference description):
> Alpha Systems Labs "MegaConference" $1495 per person
> - comes with color video camera, high speed modem, audio
> and video cards
> - my (Feb95 magazine issue) says TWO POTS lines required
> (I failed to confirm this, may work with ONE)
> - quarter-screen image, capture image to disk, draw onscreen
>
> All in all, an approach far different from CUseeMe, but I would
> make the point that IF an all-in-one box videoconf product
> reaches critical mass, that product establishes a lowest
> common denominator that others must observe - eg do you count
> pins on the PC's parallel port or do you ask for a Centronics
> standard connector?
>
> A question (that came up in conf):
> Can a "Pipeline" (New York city) ISP subscriber use CU-SeeME?
>
> Matthew Sanderson CIS: 70733,2700 'net: matthews@hookup.net
>
>