Logitech Mobile Video and Verizon Wireless have teamed to bring live webcam images from virtually anywhere to cell phones. Verizon’s Get It Now-enabled phones can view live images from personal or publicly available web cameras directly from their handsets. The application is powered by generationPIX.
“Our uniquely available Get It Now service gives our customers innovative, fun and useful communication applications they can access directly from their wireless phones,” said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data and Internet services for Verizon Wireless. “The Logitech Mobile Video service brings an exciting new dimension to Get It Now by enabling our customers to visually connect with family and friends, as well as view public web cameras right from their phones.”
Using the Logitech Mobile Video service powered by generationPIX, Verizon Wireless customers can view public web cameras as well as password-protected private web cameras from their pre-selected ‘Friend’s List’. Users can also receive an SMS message notification that will alert them when a friend’s camera comes online.
The generationPIX GPiX server software converts live/archived video content into a proprietary compression format for the most efficient delivery over 2 and 3G wireless networks. The GPiX Player/Decoder has a small client footprint (10-19K) which enables Palm OS and Qualcomm’s BREW enabled handset owners to view video content published by generationPIX branded content. It streams 2-5fps (color) over existing 2G celluar networks.
“Our ability to send Logitech web camera images to mobile phones is a phenomenal step forward for the rapidly growing audience of next generation wireless phone consumers,” said Michael Branzuela, CEO of generationPIX Inc.
Verizon Wireless customers who purchase a compatible full-color Get It Now phone can subscribe to Logitech Mobile Video directly from their Motorola T720 or the CDM-9500, by downloading the application, which costs $4.99 per month for unlimited use in addition to airtime used. Currently, Verizon Wireless is offering a free trial of the Logitech Mobile Video service.
The Japanese cellular carrier, J-Phone, uses the Nancy codec for real-time video compression/decompression delivering full-color video at up to 30 frames per second. It’s used in their 2.5G “Movie Sha-Mail” video mail system, a big honkin’ hit. J-Phone is owned by UK-based Vodafone Group and Japan Telecom.
Japan’s third 3G network, KDDI, provides a 2.5G system (similar to CDMA 1X networks used by Sprint and Verizon in the United States). KDDI took off in Japan when movie mail came out. KDDI got more subscribers in a month than DoCoMo’s W-CDMA system managed in a year.