June 24th update
On the flipside was ClearOne's codecs that range from $4,000-8,500. Plus I stood around their booth for a LONG time over two days and not one person acknowledged me so I found out nothing about the codec's themselves (I google'd the prices when I got home).
Since getting home, I've "tested" two products, neither of which needs its own separate write up.
First up was Skype. We wanted to call my in-laws and show them some new things we've done around the house and they know how to use Skype. On our end we used my iPad so I could walk around and on their end was a laptop, using wifi from their back porch. Video held steady without the choppy break ups that were ever present a year or so ago. My in laws had to crank up the volume so we had to deal with the audio echo loop. We talked for a half hour until my arm got tired from holding my iPad at length. The experience was more than passable and bordered on good from my end. The audio was a huge problem though.
While I'm writing....
Why hardware sales are lagging:
Years ago, if you wanted to get into video conferencing, you HAD to buy some sort of hardware. Now the companies "just getting into VC" are starting with software, hence the lag of hardware sales and the spike in software. NOT rocket surgery and not an indication that "Hardware is dead".
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