Thursday, August 1, 2013

eTeleporter allows eye contact calls on Facetime

It's kind of sad to see that, with so much technology available, there are still so many tiny things that are completely disregarded - but that could do wonders for us. For instance, how do you feel about videocalls? We can now do Facetime, Skype, Hangouts, videocalls from anywhere around the world... but do you feel there's still something missing? Indeed you're right. As the camera and screen are in different places, videocalls become a interaction between two people that seem to be looking at... somewhere else. Not exactly the thing you'd expect when talking to someone. This eTeleporter hopes to change that, allowing eye-contact on videocalls, and is counting on Kickstarter to make it happen.

The eTeleporter uses a clever mirror system (using a two-way mirror) to project the video image while allowing the camera behind to record your face looking directly at the image. The result is that you can actually look at the person you're talking to and be recorded as doing so.

The only drawback is that its designed to work solely with the iPad and it costs $99 (or $85 if you're fast enough to get one of the first units). But if you spend most of your time doing FaceTime calls during the day and use an iPad to do it... it may not be such a bad deal after all (though for best effect you'd also want the person on the receiving end to have an eTeleporter as well.)

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