Thursday, June 29, 2006

Polycom Communicator Ships

Hey, ya'll,

A few posts ago I mentioned that I'd heard tell of a new device that offers great promise in our educational collaborative arena, the Polycom Communicator (read the post again).

Despite the appearance of blatantly advertising one vendor's product over another (and because there really is no comparable product from another vendor :), I'm pasting in text from an announcement email I got from the Polycom User's Group this morning to let you look for yourself. This product figures to be very very useful to those of us interested in collaboration, and used in tandem with Skype video (unless of course Congress decides to tax VOIP to death) might well put us on the way to letting a classroom full of kids see and talk to another classroom "At a Distance" (cue the music).

Here 'tis:

Dear Scott,

Polycom® Communicator gives you the ultimate hands-free Internet calling experience with Skype.

The Skype-certified Polycom Communicator enables crystal-clear, natural conversations when using Skype. Enjoy the freedom of not wearing your headset for hands-free Skype calls, or plug into the built-in stereo headphone port for private conversations.

*High-fidelity wideband audio for the best possible Skype experience
*Hardware supports up to 22kHz for CD-quality music or presentation audio
*Convenient buttons to launch Skype, pick up and hang up calls, and control volume and mute
*Integrated USB cable stores inside the unit for portability and convenience
*Two high-quality 360-degree microphones
*Built-in stereo headphone port

To purchase Polycom Communicator, contact your Polycom channel partner, or visit the Polycom Web Store.


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