Biscotti, that TV phone we demoed last week, is on sale in the US and Canada for a princely $199. To recap, it's a camera that sits discreetly atop your TV and is, indeed, about as small and lightweight as that crunchy Italian cookie. The idea is pretty simple: it plugs into both your TV and set-top box, and makes free calls to other Biscotti owners, along with anyone using Google Talk. After our brief demo we were impressed enough with the easy setup and simple menus that layer on top of whatever you're watching, but then again, we were unaware of the price. So, is two hundred bucks worth a lifetime of seeing grandma in 1080p? That, friends, is a decision you'll have to make for yourself.
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Biscotti TV Phone
BISCOTTI INTRODUCES WORLD'S FIRST HIGH-‐DEFINITION TV PHONE
Sleek, small device brings big screen video calling to any HDTV, with ease-‐of-‐use and free calls to anyone, anywhere. Buy at www.biscotti.com.
MCKINNEY, Texas - November 15, 2011 - Today Biscotti Inc. unveiled Biscotti TV Phone, the
next generation of home video calling. With high-‐definition picture and sound, Biscotti TV Phone brings family and friends together on the biggest screen in the home, your HDTV. Real-‐life picture and sound creates an experience so vivid, it's like being in the same room. Sleek and small, the biscotti-‐shaped device is easy to use for all ages, featuring a friendly remote and on-‐screen menus that work while you're watching TV. Best of all, you can make unlimited free calls to other Biscotti and to computers, tablets and smartphones supporting Google voice and video. Biscotti TV Phone is now available at www.biscotti.com.
"Biscotti TV Phone was created to let family and friends of all ages enjoy video calling on the biggest screen you own. It has been designed to be elegant and tiny, and to blend into your living room," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, CEO and Founder of Biscotti Inc. "Biscotti is easy for everyone to use and provides whole-‐room views. To top it off, calls are free!"
Biscotti is ideal for staying close to long distance family and friends, for traveling parents who don't want to miss life's little moments with their families, for seniors who want to stay caught up with their busy relatives and consumers who appreciate technology that's intuitive and easy to use. No need to wait for the computer to start, launch applications or crowd around a small screen. The high-‐definition camera and microphone capture the entire room, allowing everyone to fit onscreen and move about freely. So you can relax, be comfortable and talk for hours like you are in the same room. It's the next best thing to being there!
Biscotti TV Phone is easy for the whole family to use. No computer or technical knowledge is required - only a TV, Wi-Fi and comfy place to sit! Simply plug in Biscotti and start making free calls to anyone anywhere, worldwide. You can call other Biscotti and computers, tablets and smartphones supporting Google voice and video.
A simple six-‐button remote controls Biscotti while you are watching TV, without having to switch inputs. You can set Biscotti to automatically answer calls from select contacts and even turn on the TV when you receive a call – a great way to ensure your most important contacts are always within reach.
"Video calling is growing at an enormous rate – nearly 50% per year. Still, only 1 in 5 people have ever made a video call citing technical complexity, expense or lack of spontaneity" said Dr. Shoemake. "Biscotti solves this as the first single-‐purpose, dedicated TV phone. Simple to setup and as easy to use as a home phone."
Biscotti works with Wi-‐Fi uplink speeds as low as 256 Kbps and delivers true high-‐definition at speeds of 1 Mbps or greater. It is compatible with HDMI-‐enabled TVs and popular cable and satellite boxes.
Pricing and Availability
Biscotti TV Phone is now available for sale in the United States and Canada for just $199. For more information or to purchase, please visit www.biscotti.com.