As a video conferencing solution, Biscotti's TV phone scores high marks for form, function and charm. But apart from the cutesy name and appealing build, it's more or less a $199 one trick pony -- or it was, anyway. Which is why the company's now tethering the peripheral to the internet-at-large and bolstering its functionality with the newly announced MyBiscotti Cloud Services. The version 2.0 software (available via an OTA update) pushes beyond simple two-way TV video chat with the addition of home monitoring features like the self-explanatory Time Lapse mode, as well as Live Image viewing, which culls streams from all networked Biscotti cams. Further, users that find themselves away from the roost will also be able to swap out settings on the fly simply by visiting the outfit's dedicated site. As of now, there's no extra cost for the expanded suite of services, but you will have to plunk down for the coffee biscuit-shaped peripheral. Official PR after the break.
Biscotti TV Camera Creator, Biscotti Inc., Releases New MyBiscotti Cloud Services
Robust TV camera software update transforms Biscotti's video calling solution with new remote monitoring, time-lapse video and advanced configuration features.
MCKINNEY, TX - November 27, 2012 - Biscotti Inc., maker of high-definition video calling products for the home and business, today announced the release of MyBiscotti Cloud Services. MyBiscotti Cloud Services introduces a selection of innovative new features designed to extend the smart TV cam experience, transforming how video can be used in the home, office and enterprise environments.
"MyBiscotti Cloud Services continues the evolution of Biscotti's video calling solutions, significantly heightening functionality and adding more value for our users," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, Biscotti's CEO and Founder. "MyBiscotti Cloud Services ties the Biscotti TV Cam to the cloud, thereby, opening the door for innovative applications beyond calling, such as remote monitoring, video recording and more convenient system configuration and management. In the future, it will also allow us to add services like multi-party calling and video mail, helping to further the user experience."
MyBiscotti Cloud Services are available to new and existing customers when they upgrade to software version 2.0 or later. Biscotti's version 2.0 software is available via automatic software update. MyBiscotti Cloud Services may be accessed at http://www.biscotti.com by clicking on MyBiscotti.
New features of the MyBiscotti Cloud Services software update include:
Live Image Viewing: Want to easily see live images from all Biscotti TV Cams at once? Whether the devices are in use at the home, the office or both, use MyBiscotti to get live images anytime, anywhere.
Time-Lapse Videos: Want a quick look at what's happened all day? With Time-Lapse Videos, Biscotti users can view a whole day in just minutes. Use this new feature for special events, holiday celebrations, business applications, security, monitoring and more.
Status Info: Monitor Biscotti's status from remote locations. Make sure all Biscotti HD TV camera devices are online and ready to use and check Wi-Fi signal strength.
Remote Configuration: Want to change a setting on the Biscotti device? No problem! Use MyBiscotti to change Biscotti's name, address, photo and more.
The Biscotti TV Cam offers a high-definition video conferencing solution designed for the home, office or enterprise. Utilizing a single calling appliance that sits discreetly atop any HDTV or HDMI-compatible screen and high speed Internet via a Wi-Fi connection, Biscotti can make unlimited free video calls to other Biscotti, and to any computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Biscotti TV Cams may be purchased at J&R, B&H, Amazon.com and other leading retailers.