FaceVsion announces first Skype-certified HD Webcam

FaceVsion announces new high-definition Webcam for use specifically with Skype video calling.

The new FV TouchCam N1 Webcam from faceVsion. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Skype users, I have some good news.

There are currently quite a few high-definition Webcams on the market, but what faceVsion announced at CES 2010 is something rather unique, especially for video calling using Skype.

It's a new HD Webcam called the FV TouchCam N1 that's the result of a partnership between faceVsion and Skype. It's the first HD Webcam that's certified by Skype.

According to faceVsion, most existing HD Webcams suffer from the same barriers when it comes to HD video communication, especially when using Skype. These include the fact that CPU power is insufficient to handle real-time, two-way HD video communications, and the connection to the Internet is not fast enough to transmit HD video quality.

FaceVsion claims it has overcome both of these issues with the new TouchCam N1 Webcam. The company says that the new camera, with an embedded H.264 codec chip and dual microphones supporting beam-forming techniques, is able to offer synchronized, crystal-clear 720P HD video and very high quality over a broadband Internet connection.

The FV TouchCam N1 connects to a PC using a USB plug; it also comes with a flexible universal base that fits on any monitor. Note that HD video calling is currently supported in Skype for Windows 4.2 beta or later.

Other than Skype, the new Webcam will also work with other instant messaging applications such as Yahoo or Windows Live Messenger.

The FV TouchCam N1 will be available later this month at faceVsion's Web site; it will cost $129.

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