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iTOi is an iPad periscope for video callsThis quirky accessory delivers a more flattering angle for your video calls.
An iPad periscope for video calling. You may not have thought that you needed one, but they've made it, anyway. Let's take a look. It's the prompt video iTOi. Normally, when you do video calls using an iPad, just holding it in your hands, you basically get a view of your chin or up your own nose, which isn't all that pleasant. When you slide drive out into the iTOi, however, it uses a series of mirrors inside to increase the distance between you and the front-facing camera. The result is that when you look at yourself in this thing, it seems like you're a little bit farther away than you actually are. I can see it being very useful if you do a lot of video calls. And if you're big into making your own YouTube kind of webcam stall videos, then this could get you a little bit of a better angle. If you are into making your own videos, you'll be interested to know that the iTOi comes with a companion app that tones the iPad into a teleprompter so that you can look down this and then just read off the words as they appear. It's coming out in the summer for $150. I'm told you will also be able to buy two for $250. It's a little bulky, and I'm not too fond of the gray color. But I can see how it would be useful if you do a lot of video calling or if you like making your own YouTube videos. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET, CES 2014. Go to CES. CNET.com for more.