Fremont, Calif. - Logitech introduced Tuesday a Logitech TV Cam for Skype, that is designed to enable plug-and-play high-definition video calls from select 2011 Panasonic Viera Connect-enabled HDTVs.
TV Cam for Skype (shipping now at a $150 suggested retail) will enable sending and receiving video calls over Skype at up to 720p HD resolution. When connected to a
Viera-Connect-enabled HDTV, users and make or take calls without the need for a computer or software-download. Users will need a broadband Internet connection with at least 1 Mbps upload and download speed to start making HD video calls.
To use the Logitech TV Cam for Skype viewers turn on the TV, select the Skype app, which is preloaded to the TV, and place or answer the call.
"You shouldn't have to wait for the holidays, a special occasion or summer vacation to see distant friends and family," said Joerg Tewes, Logitech consumer video VP and GM. "We believe making a video call to loved ones should be easy and natural. We welcomed the opportunity to work closely with respected brands such as Panasonic and Skype to make it possible for more people in more households to connect with one another from the comfort of their living room."
The uses Carl Zeiss optics and Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology for added clarity.
Video calls can be made within a a 78-degree angle of the lens. The camera also includes two digital, directional microphones that reduce noise and echoes.
"The introduction of our first Viera IPTVs in 2008 and then our first Skype-enabled HDTVs in 2010 elevated the television's place in the home to a whole new level for consumers and changed the way they interact with their TV," said Henry Hauser, Panasonic Display Group VP. "Collaborating with cutting edge brands like Skype and Logitech has enabled us to push that to even greater heights literally making the HDTV the centerpiece for home entertainment, connectivity and communication with family and friends. With Logitech and Skype, Panasonic's Viera Connect Skype-enabled HDTVs now deliver loved ones near and far right to your living room in wide screen, high definition making staying connected simple and amazing."
The camera will allow TV-to-TV Skype calls, as well as TV-to-PC or Mac calls and vice versa.
Calls can also be made using the Logitech TV Cam to select iPhone and smartphones with Skype mobile.