Biscotti does HD voice–but with a proprietary codec

New consumer electronic “TV phone” Biscotti may boast of HD voice, but the company’s PR firm says it uses a proprietary codec, and didn’t have further details.

Biscotti (www.biscott.com – gotta wonder how much that domain name cost)  is a combination of video camera and remote that plugs into an HDMI on an HDTV to enable “free” video calls.  There’s no Ethernet connection; you also need Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and broadband speeds of at least 256Kbps both ways with 1 Mbps recommended.

The device supports H.264 video up to 720p HD resolution as well as “16 KHz wideband audio.”

It also “works with” Google video-enabled computers, tablets, and phones, but voice calls are delivered in G.711 narrowband.

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