I know the Jetsons got us all geared up for the videophone, but I have to admit, I've never been a big fan. First of all, companies have been trying to perfect this technology for like 10 years and its still kinda crap. Never as good as it looks on any given TV show that tends to promote it. Plus, as you Gizmodo readers may not know, I work in my pajamas, which would really suck in video. But looks like Grandstream Networks is trying its hand with the GXV-3000 video phone, powered by Texas Instruments programmable DSPs and based on the SIP standard. Featuring the H.264 real-time video codec, an advanced high resolution camera sensor, and a 5.6-inch TFT color LCD, it supposedly gives you faster frame rates, higher resolutions and real-time, good-looking streaming video. So the person you're talking to isn't saying one thing and mouthing another. Also comes with hands-free speakerphone with acoustic echo cancellation, dual 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports, 2 USB ports, 2.5mm headset jack, and RCA A/V output jack to allow simultaneous video output to TV. Goes for about $300.

Grandstream Networks IP Video Phone [Bios Magazine]

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