January 6, 2008
Travelers can carry on and power up with Philips' webcams and VoIP phones
LAS VEGAS - Globetrotters can now stay in touch with precision and style thanks to Philips' new webcams and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, revealed today at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Featuring the latest in webcam and VoIP technology, the hassles of long-distance communication can now be simplified with solutions tucked in a carry-on bag.
Business travelers and vacationers alike can take conversations from boardrooms and bedrooms to planes, trains and automobiles with a new, practical handset that just plugs into a USB computer port. Philips' on-the-road tools offer a range of features to meet every consumer's Internet calling needs. Voice conversations are clear and cost-effective. Online chatting is virtually face-to-face. The new range of products is designed to establish effortless and immediate dialogue anywhere in the world.
"More consumers are relying on Internet communication to stay in touch, so it is essential that reliable and high-performance technology is available for even the longest calls and most demanding callers," said Glenn McIlmail, vice president, customer marketing Peripherals and Accessories, Philips Consumer Lifestyle North America. "Philips is offering solutions to open the world to clear, low-cost communication, allowing everyone to stay connected with business contacts, friends and family across the globe."
For the most enjoyable online chatting, devices must deliver crystal-clear sound, great images, superb video quality and mobility for those wishing to extend Internet calling beyond the home PC. Philips now offers a complete family of products for all Internet callers ranging from first-time users to the most sophisticated chatters. Philips' portfolio of Internet phones, handsets, webcams and speakers has been developed to work with calling platforms of today and tomorrow, allowing users to take full advantage of the limitless communication opportunities made possible with Internet calling.
See eye-to-eye with webcams
The advanced SPC1300 and SPC620 webcams from Philips let you easily customize video chats to match your style. For example, you can add a specific feel or mood to any conversation changing the background to give the appearance of chatting from a different location or framing the image using a variety of imaginative designs. You can also choose from a selection of creative real-time video effects or add a personal logo or emoticon.
Winner of a 2008 CEA Innovation award, the SPC1300 flagship model features a real resolution of 1.3 megapixels. The Pixel Plus 2™ technology used in Philips' FlatTV™ provides razor-sharp high-definition video as well as six-megapixel, interpolated still images. Using Philips' patented audio beaming system, the webcam's two built-in directional microphones create a "quiet zone," cutting out external noise and echoes for the clearest possible sound. The SPC1300 also features Digital Natural Motion™ technology that supplies flicker-free video with increased frame rates. Currently available, Philips' SPC1300 is priced at $99.99.
Philips' SPC620 features an image sensor with built-in interpolation for high-quality video calling and photos with up to 1.3 megapixel resolution. Designed for simplicity and ease of use, it works with all popular instant messaging services straight out of the box. Currently available, the Philips' SPC620 is priced at $49.99.
Call home with freedom
The VoIP251 allows for the addition of a DECT 6.0 cordless Internet phone for Skype calls to a home or office environment to complement an existing landline phone. Users are no longer confined to a USB connection. The VoIP251 integrates a built-in display so users can view active, online contacts at all times. Set-up is simple thanks to a two-click installation. The device is also compatible with a Mac™ or PC. Available in April 2008, the VoIP251 will have a suggested retail price of $49.99.
The VOIP151, winner of a 2008 CES Innovations award, is designed to be the perfect travel companion. Just plug its cable into the USB port on your laptop (connected to the Internet) and it will allow you enjoy free voice calls with other Skype users or cheap SkypeOut™ calls to landlines and mobile phone numbers anywhere in the world. The new integrated display lets users easily view their contacts plus adds Mac compatibility. The handset has been designed for simple cable management by neatly rolling the cable around it.. This together with a handy travel pouch makes carrying much more convenient. It is extremely easy to set-up thanks to its two-click installation. Available in April 2008, the VOIP 151 will have a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Expand sound with additional speakers
Laptop travelers can now have amplified sound without bulk and clutter. The SPA5200 is an ideal solution: a set of portable, digital speakers producing power and sound via a single USB cable. Simply clip the speakers to the notebook, plug in the cable and control the audio adjustments via the notebook. The speakers include a travel pouch and are compatible with Windows 2000™, XP™, Windows Vista™ and Mac OS™. Available in February 2008, the SPA5200 will have a suggested retail price of $49.99.
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Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering people-centric, innovative products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,100 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales USD 34 billion (EUR 27 billion)in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, as well as lifestyle solutions for personal wellbeing. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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