Videophone combines real time eye-contact with life size picture

A new desktop videophone combines real-time eye contact with a life-size, broadcast quality picture

Eye contact and the ability to assess body language have been shown to be vitally important in all human communication. Designed to provide a realistic alternative to face-to-face meetings at a fraction of the price of large screen video-conference or tele-presence technologies, talking to a person via the Eye Catcher 3.5, recently launched by GreenEyes, is like talking to someone sitting directly opposite you.

Multiple users can look directly into each others' eyes during a conversation. This 'true' eye-to-eye tele-presence is achieved using techniques developed and patented by Ex'ovision, GreenEyes' parent company. Eye Catcher is compact enough to sit easily on a desktop at the same distance as a work colleague would be. Images are projected at a normal conversational distance.

Paul Dickinson, CEO of Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and a director of GreenEyes UK, said: "At CDP we use the Eye Catcher to keep in touch with our New York office from London. It sits on the desktop so feels just like having the New York staff in the office with us - and allows us to be an active part of their day too. Businesses are waking up to the fact that they need to reduce their carbon emissions. The Eye Catcher is exactly the sort of device that can be easily incorporated into working life while also forming a key part of companies' climate change strategies."

Eye Catcher costs about 5,000 euros per unit. Among companies using Eye Catcher are Unilever who bought 50 to be deployed worldwide.

Eye Catcher runs over the customer's existing IP network. For optimal performance it needs 0.5Mbps bandwidth, upstream and downstream. As video communication is real-time this bandwidth needs to be available all the time during your call. Any DSL connection that provides a minimal of 0.5Mbps 'guaranteed' bandwidth is sufficient to use the Eye Catcher.

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