image004 Skype teams up with Telylabs to deliver Tegra 2 powered HD camera

Ah yes, home video conferencing, an area where Skype is trying hard to be the leader and although we've already seen a few solution from Skype's partners that work with a select few TV sets, none of them are anything like the telyHD from Telylabs. That said, you'll need to have a real desire to use your TV as your main Skype video conferencing setup with the telyHD as this Tegra 2 and Android powered HD camera doesn't come cheap.

Ah yes, home video conferencing, an area where Skype is trying hard to be the leader and although we've already seen a few solution from Skype's partners that work with a select few TV sets, none of them are anything like the telyHD from Telylabs. That said, you'll need to have a real desire to use your TV as your main Skype video conferencing setup with the telyHD as this Tegra 2 and Android powered HD camera doesn't come cheap.

With the various solutions already available in the Skype shop for use with TV's, the pricing is somewhere between US$129.99 and US$169.99, much more expensive than a decent webcam for a computer. That said, the telyHD is far more expensive than any of these solutions at US$249.99. This is a bad start for the telyHD, but things aren't that clear cut as the telyHD has a few advantages over its competitors.

For starters the telyHD will work with any TV as long as it has an HDMI port. It does require its own internet connection, but with built in 10/100Mbit Ethernet as well as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi it shouldn't be too hard to get it connected to the internet one way or another. The telyHD does as the name suggests support 720p video, although it can do 25fps in HD (Skype's website lists it at 30fps) where some of the other TV friendly solutions can only do 22fps.

telyHD Skype teams up with Telylabs to deliver Tegra 2 powered HD camera

As the telyHD isn't interfacing with whatever software the TV is running, it also comes with its own remote and this is for more than just switching on the telyHD as behind the back of the camera you'll find a USB port and an SD card slot which allows you to share photos with other telyHD owners. Some of the other TV enabled cameras are also limited to only being able to call users running Windows versions of Skype, whereas the telyHD allows you to call any device running Skype.

As we mentioned, the telyHD runs android and it has a dual core Tegra 2 chip at its core with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of built in storage. That's better than many smartphones and helps to at least partially explain the high cost. Telylabs is also working on various apps for the telyHD that will take advantage of the features of the camera beyond just being a Skype video phone. We can see this being a useful solution for those that aren't familiar with using computers, but considering that most people well into their 70's these day have computers and manage to use Skype, we're not sure that the telyHD will be a hit.

Source: Telylabs