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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Motorola Ojo

Shades of 1964: it's been 40 years since the first video phone was shown at the World's Fair in New York City. At CES this week Motorola became the most recent company to try to make this idea work. The Ojo is a "Personal Video Phone" designed to connect to both your home LAN and your telephone line. The former is used for video and the latter for voice. A built-in portrait monitor shows the video while a wireless handset is used for voice. It's a pretty great industrial design (if a little large) and the video quality is quite impressive. It will retail for $799 and is being targeted at home users. That's a lot of money for a solution that I'm not sure most consumers are clamoring for.

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