Digital products company Logitech and Skype have announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD, a high-definition TV camera with built in Skype capability that operates on any HDTV with HDMI input, making it easier to communicate through HD Skype video calls from your living room.
With Skype built in and using Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity with your HDTV, there is no additional software or computer required.
Using a simple, bundled remote controller, the Logitech TV Cam HD lets you call anyone using Skype on any platform, whether they are on their smartphone, tablet, HDTV or computer.
You can sign into Skype with your existing Skype Name, or create a new account on your HDTV to make Skype video call. You can also use Skype on the Logitech TV Cam HD to call landline or mobile numbers using your account’s Skype Credit or calling subscription.
According to Logitech, its TV Cam HD is Skype Certified, ensuring you will have the best-possible Skype calling experience.
“Amazing connections happen when the video calling experience moves to the TV in the living room: the most popular and comfortable place in the house,” said Joerg Tewes, vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group.
“Our mission is to make Skype calling part of consumers’ everyday routine by ensuring it is accessible to everyone at any time and from anywhere,” said Bob Rosin, head of business development for Skype.
The Logitech TV Cam HD features a built-in ringer, so you’ll know when someone is calling – whether your TV is on or off – and the dedicated power supply helps ensure the camera is ready for a call. The Logitech TV Cam HD provides four microphones to help reduce noise and echoes for enhanced audio quality.
It is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in August and September 2012, respectively, for a suggested retail price of $199.99.