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Asus release Videophone touch AiGuru SV1T for skype

For most users Skype is an application run on your PC with a webcam, micrphone, and speakers or headphones. But if you rely on Skype heavily for everyday communications, or it is a business tool used around the office, then a standalone unit not conncted to any PC may be your preferred option.

Alongside handsets that look like standard wireless home phones there is a new option from Asus that combines the best of Skype into a single unit. The Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T combines a 7-inch touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution) with webcam and voice communication. Effectively it is a complete Skype solution away from your PC screen.

Although Asus are aiming this at all users its feature set particularly suits the home user with little experience of using all of Skype’s capabilities through a PC. The interface is icon based and has a large touchscreen keypad for typing. Connection just involves hooking into your broadband (wireless or wired) and logging into Skype. All features such as video, voice, and messaging are handled through the device at the touch of a button.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but this is actually the second version of the SV1 with the firstcosting around $299.

Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: Oxford 
Country: UK
Date: March 15, 2010