Biscotti Unveils Wi-Fi TV Phone
By John Laposky On Nov 21 2011 - 6:01am
MCKINNEY, TEXAS –
Biscotti formally introduced its first
product, the Biscotti TV Phone, a device
that uses Wi-Fi to allow phone and
video calling through any TV.
Boasting a small footprint that is
shaped like, well, a biscotti, the device
sits on or near a TV and allows unlimited
free calls to other Biscotti devices as
well as to computers, tablets and smartphones
supporting Google Talk and
Google’s open video standard.
Biscotti features a high-definition
camera, a microphone with a range of
about 40 feet, and a six-button remote
that controls the device while a user
watches TV. It can be set to automatically
answer calls from select contacts
and turn on the TV when a call is coming
in, among other functions.
Biscotti works with Wi-Fi uplink
speeds as low as 256Kbps and delivers
true HD video at speeds of 1Mbps
or greater, according to Biscotti founder
Matthew Shoemake. It is compatible
with any HDMI-enabled TV, cable or
satellite box. There are no additional
fees for service.
“Video calling is growing at an enormous
rate — nearly 50 percent per year,”
said Shoemake. “Still, only one in five
people have ever made a video call,
citing technical complexity, expense or
lack of spontaneity. Biscotti solves this
as the first single-purpose, dedicated
TV phone. It’s simple to set up and as
easy to use as a home phone.”
Biscotti TV Phone is now available for
sale in the United States and Canada
for a $199 retail.
Products will begin shipping to select
It ships with a power adapter, mount
kit and a setup guide.
Biscotti is a privately held Texasbased
company backed by Palomar
Ventures of Santa Monica, Calif.