you are a long-time the::unwired reader, I'm sure you remember
Research's Portrait for Pocket PC and PC, released back in the early days of
Pocket PCs (see
the USA Today article here). Basically, Portrait was one of the first
applications which utilized cameras for mobile video communication. It supports
.NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service
on PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones as well as Handheld PCs. It
runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with
bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second.
Microsoft Portrait delivers portrait-like video if users are in low bandwidths
and displays full-color video if users are in broadband. In low bandwidths,
portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and
much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies.
Microsoft Portrait pursues providing presence notification, chat/voice/video
functions anytime, anywhere, on any device.
Now, after long period of inactivity, Microsoft Reasearch released a new version
which finally support Windows Mobile 5 which support any built-in or plug-in
camera and even choose one from among multiple cameras.
I haven't tried it yet
but will install it tonight on both, my Universal and Hermes, hopefully the
inbuilt video telephony camera is supported now as well. If so, it could easily
replace some other VoIP applications I currently have on my Windows Mobile
Cheers ~ Arne