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Mvox Duo: World’s First All-in-One Wearable Samrt Communicator

Mvox, makers of the MV100 and the MV900, announced today that the Mvox Duo will debut at DEMOFall06. The Mvox Duo is the world’s first wearable Smart Communicatorâ„¢, an advanced hands-free communicator with one-touch voice dialing. Mvox Duo Smart Communicator is an all-in-one, wearable communications platform, which combines a cellphone headset, hands-free car kit, and mobile conference speakerphone and VoIP headset or speakerphone.

The Mvox Duo near 100% voice recognition rate powered by extremely accurate speech recognition algorithms, superior noise and echo cancellation through patent-pending small array microphone (SAM) technology, and can instantly convert into a high-performance speakerphone for on-the-spot mobile conference calls. The Mvox Duo also connects to a PC via USB or Bluetooth as a speakerphone or wireless headset for VoIP applications, including AOL, Avaya, Skype, Yahoo, Gizmo Project, and Google Gtalk making this device a must have for any business professional!

“We researched what road warriors need for day-to-day mobile communication, during the commute, in the office, and while traveling for business, in order to deliver a product that would help them communicate more effectively,” said Sally Li, VP of Marketing at Mvox. “Today, users complain about poor voice quality caused by severe echo and noise interference, and the inability to have one device that works across all typical communications platforms. The Mvox Duo creates an entirely new platform for high performance, wearable, and voice-controlled communications that also eliminates the need to alternate between four different devices.”

The Mvox Duo is set to hit the street sometime in November with a retail price of $199.99. For more information on this product click here.

Motorola SBV5100: The New Standard in Cable Modems?

Motorola annnounced the newest addition to their cable modem family, the Motorola SBV5100. The Motorola SBV5100 and the next generation of Motorola cable modems will be based on SIP, the most widely used VoIP protocol. The Motorola SBV5100 supports full-featured primary Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephone service for up to two telephone lines that are terminated in two RJ-11 connectors. In addition, its integrated cable modem connects to a computer through either a 10/100Base-T Ethernet or a USB data port. The Motorola SBV5100 will be available later this year.

What interests me the most about this product is the movement by hardware manufacturers towards VoIP as a standard feature in home networking products. Numerous companies have added RJ11 FXS ports to their SOHO routers, but now it looks like the focus will be on enabling the SOHO modem for VoIP. I am sure Linksys, D-LInk, Zoom, and Westell will soon follow with their own VoIP enabled cable modems.

Thomson and Skype Move Skype Calling Away From the PC

Thomson and Skype are teaming up to release a family of new products for use with Skype service. The first product to be released, under the GE brand name, is the GE 28300EE2. The GE 28300EE2 is powered by DECT 6.0 technology built into Thomson’s new wireless handset offerings, delivering interference free calling with exceptional voice quality. DECT 6.0 permits delivery of calls without the static, pops, hiss and buzz which severely hinder the performance of most wireless home and small office telephones. Widely used throughout Europe and Asia, DECT 6.0 solves many of the most common consumer complaints in the use of cordless telephones.

The GE 28300EE2 was created with convienence in mind. The GE 28300EE2 features a built-in speakerphone, color lcd screen, Skype & land-line conferencing capability of up to four users simultaneously from the handset, integrated Skype caller ID, and Easy one-touch link for powerful wireless home networking capabilities.

The GE 28300EE2 will carry an MSRP of $149.99 and will be available through Skype’s online store.

Paragon Wireless Releases First Windows Mobile 5.0 Dual-Mode Phone

US based Paragon Wireless recently released the world’s first SIP-Based Windows Mobile 5.0 dual-mode handset, the hipi-2200. The hipi 2200 is a next generation dual mode phone utilizing VoWlan/ GSM dual-mode voice technology. What makes the hipi different from other dual-mode phones, is the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.

The Windows Mobile 5.0 OS expands the usability and functionality of the phone making it more then “just a phone” allowing user to access the Internet and send/recieve emails. In addition to dual-mode voice calling and data transfer, the hipi 2200 features a built in 2.0M pixel camera, the MP3/MP4 player, and a camcorder. The hipi 2200 gets up to 4 hours of talk time, or 100 hours of standby.

According to Ilkka Pouttu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Paragon Wireless, “the hipi-2200 changes the way enterprises—and individuals—communicate with each other. Organizations can immediately measure their ROI, while workers can access all the information they need from one handset. The hipi-2200 joins our product line as a result of our commitment to dual-mode product development, our experience in the handset market, and our continuous improvement to dual-mode technologies such as FMC features, security, power management, roaming, and over-the-air management of handsets. Paragon is able to offer a family of dual-mode handsets which are cost-effective technology leaders,” said Pouttu.

There is currently no information on MSRP or when the hipi 2200 will be available.

It will be interesting to see when cellular carriers, wireless carriers, and VoIP providers will decide to support seamless mobility for all of the dual-mode phones that have come out recently. For the business user, as Pouttu remarked below, the ROI of carrying one handset that leverages the best of all communication technologies is not only immediate, but extremly compelling. Unfortunately, “making it work correctly” (as no carrier in the US currently supports seamless handoffs between GSM and VoIP) is not an easy undertaking for the majority of businesses, which therefore dilutes its present effectiveness.

Polycom IP 650 High Definition IP Phone Debuts at Fall VON

The Polycom IP 650 with High Definition Voice is the future of phone technology. Move over Cisco, I think Polycom has set the IP Phone bar with the Polycom IP650. I got a chance to check it out at the VON show today and all I can say is WOW! I have used almost every phone out there and this one was above and beyond all the others. The Polycom IP650 features Polycom’s revolutionary HD Voice which enables life-like interactivity, richness, and clarity of voice communications. The Polycom IP 650 features six line appearances, integrated PoE support, XHTML microbrowser, a USB port (for future applications, most likely a print server, but a fax over IP server would be sweet!), a backlit 320×160 graphical greyscale LCD, and support for up to three SoundPoint IP expansion modules for scalability of up to 24 simultaneous calls on 12 lines. The Polycom IP650 has an MSRP of $449, and I estimate the street price to be $349 when the IP650 hits the market in early Q4.

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