Brother OmniJoin video conferencing uses Opus codec


Brother joins the line of hardware-adding-services companies, but instead of a label-maker, the company now has the OmniJoin web and video conferencing service for desktops.   A spokesperson for the company says the service uses the Opus codec for both voice and video transmissions.

OmniJoin Online Meetings web conferencing, yet another cloud service (YACS), […]

Polycom announces cloud strategy for video-as-a-service


Like everyone else on the planet, Polycom ( has announced it is adding a service/cloud model rather than simply sticking to a hardware/software sales strategy.  In this case, Polycom will be providing RealPresence Cloud, a wholesale, carry-ready offering to enable service providers to bring Video-as-a-service (VaaS) offerings quickly to market.

RealPresence Cloud solutions are […]

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 ( – gotta wonder how much that domain name cost)  is a combination of video camera and remote that plugs into an HDMI on an HDTV […]

Aastra gets into the desktop video media phone market


NOT From Orlando Florida – Aastra ( has jumped into the desktop media phone business, launching the BluStar 800i. The new video phone does “true” HD 720p video conferencing at 30 frames per second and “superior” HD sound quality.

Ignoring the video component for a second, the BluStar 8000i has a whopping four (4) […]

Grandstream announces yet another HD voice IP multimedia phone


Grandstream Networks ( has announced a “tablet-like” – perhaps slim form factor would be better – 7 inch touchscreen phone with integrated video calling, PoE and and WiFi.

The GXV3175 is being described as the “sibling” to the company’s Skype-certified GXV3140 phone. It includes support for three lines with up to 3 SP accounts […]

D2 adds full IP video calling to Android mCUE software stack


Last week in Japan, D2 Technologies ( announced that its mCUE converged communications software for the Android got a whole bunch of features, including the addition of IP video to its already robust HD voice and VoIP support.

Now available for new Android devices such as “tablets, HD media players, IP media phones, connected […]

Editorial - “The ‘V’ in VoIP is for Video” at the IIT VoIP Conference


I’ll be speaking at “The V in VoIP is for Video” session at the 6th annual VoIP Conference and Expo put on by the Illinois Institute of technology (IIT) Rice Campus on Thursday, October 14, 2010. Since I’ve got blogs in both HD voice and HD Videoconferencing (, I’m going to have plenty to […]

How to get your stuff on


Many companies have expressed an interest in sharing and putting information on to  Editorially speaking, I offer the following guidance:

Content (blog, video, web page, link) needs to have some substantial HD content in it. Substantial = More than mentioning HD communication a couple of times in passing Content should be informational in […]