Full HD video conferencing has been available for some time - provided you can afford to spend over $20,000 on a product like Cisco's TelePresence 500. Until now that is. FaceVsion's FXexpress Pro is an ExpressCard-based hardware accelerator with an HDMI input, capable of encoding and decoding 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second in real-time for 1080p video conferencing - and it's available for under $200.
Facevsion's previous product, the FXexpress, was designed to be used in conjunction with a 720p webcam. The FXexpress Pro's HDMI input allows you to plug in just about any HD camcorder and send out a 1080p video stream. The fact it's based on ExpressCard, and doesn't rely on the host CPU for processing, means you can use it on any old laptop with an ExpressCard slot, including inexpensive and low-powered netbooks like the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 or the HP Mini 2140 - as well as any desktop machine with a free PCI Express slot by using an adapter card.
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