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Middle East gets what is claimed to be the first desktop videophone with built-in web capabilities.

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By  Graham Stacey Published  December 18, 2002

Motion Media has launched what it claims to be the first ever desktop videophone with an integrated web browser.

The IP-based videophone, known as the mm745, operates as a standard telephone and is fitted with a 12” fold-away screen designed to allow natural video calls to take place, with the user sitting back in their chair rather than leaning forward into the phone.

Motion Media claim that the videophone comes with more processing power than a PC, and delivers television-quality video communications. The videophone will initially support data rates of between 128kbps and 2Mbps, extending up to 10Mbps in the future.

In addition to storing an IP address, the videophone enables thumbnail photos to be taken of personal contacts. The user sees an alphabetically sorted list of contacts. By each name, there is a thumbnail image, and a series of touch-screen buttons allowing a user to call a contact's videophone, regular phone, mobile phone, or go to their web site.

The time taken to make a call is only ten seconds, which compares favourably to a 384k ISDN call where the typical call set up time is around 30 seconds. The mm745 has also been developed to eradicate gaps in conversation, users speaking over each other and poor synchronisation of voice and lip movement - all common issues in video communications systems.

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