Company Offers Video-chat Technology to App Makers

Some hurdles remain to using your iPhone for holding iChat-like video confabs--not the least of which is that the phone's camera is on the opposite side of the display. But one company is looking to remove some of the technical hurdles, releasing its video chat technology to iPhone developers on Tuesday.

GIPS VideoEngine Mobile from Global IP Solutions is video chat technology that lets developers integrate video conferencing features into their mobile apps. The technology is already available on the Windows Mobile platform and will soon be making its way to Android, according to a Global IP Solutions spokesman I talked to.

Global IP Solutions says its technology delivers high-quality real-time video chat to mobile applications, without the delays, jitters, and echoes associated with IP networks. The GIPS VideoEngine Mobile technology could be used, in theory, to enable two-way video chat between an iPhone and another mobile device or computer.

What kind of applications are we talking about? Think video conferencing, the Global IP spokesman told me, allowing you to check back in with the office while you're on the road. Other possibilities include video chats with friends and family or a mobile nanny-cam that checks in on your home when you're away. Global IP Solutions features demos of the technology in action on its Website.

Global IP Solutions says that some of its customers already have the GIPS VideoEngine Mobile technology, but the company is mum on who that might be. It does expect to see the technology deployed in the next six months.

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