Droplet Technology and PeerMe Partner to Launch Multi-Party Video Conferencing
Collaboration Will Simplify Fixed/Mobile Convergence for Video Services
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mobile Voice communications technology company PeerMe and fixed/mobile video service pioneer Droplet Technology, Inc. today announced the launch of a jointly developed multi-party video conferencing service that promises to accelerate the adoption of video as an important mode of communication and interaction in telecommunications and social networking. The service will initially offer four-person video conferencing, which will be a major differentiator between PeerMe and companies such as Yahoo!, AOL, MSN and Skype that only offer one-to-one video conferencing. This product will be targeted at the consumer with a low monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month. Users can sign up for the service at www.peerme.com.
The two companies have integrated Droplet's video platform into PeerMe's existing VoIP applications, upgrading PeerMe's global VoIP subscribers to a "many-to-many" real-time voice/video communications service. Droplet Technology's all-software embedded video device clients and server applications enable high quality video capture, playback, sharing, and networking on any PC or cell phone without dedicated and expensive video processors.
"Working with PeerMe is a natural fit for our company," said John Ralston, Droplet's President and CEO. "Video applications using Internet and mobile devices are exploding, and PeerMe's existing global VoIP service footprint provides an ideal opportunity to showcase the commercial benefits of our converged service platform for video communications, social networking, and user-generated content/video sharing, together with our ability to deliver a common video user experience on any PC or mobile handset."
"We are very excited about this partnership with Droplet," says PeerMe CEO Tom Lasater. "Multi-person video conferencing is the first of many products we will launch based on the Droplet's unique video service platform. Droplet's innovations in low-complexity video processing deliver remarkable reductions in the computational horsepower required for high-quality video capture, networking, and playback, enabling us to develop all-software voice/video-over IP clients that run on standard PC and cell phone microprocessors. Droplet's tiny codec footprint, minimal processor requirements, and unique symmetric encoder/decoder architecture further allow us to support many-to-many user interactions, providing our subscribers with a significantly enhanced video experience."
About Droplet Technology
Droplet Technology's (www.droplet-tech.com) powerful new embedded video software platform enables high quality video capture, playback, sharing, and networking, on any PC or cell phone, without dedicated and expensive video processors. Together with leading VoIP service providers, mobile operators, and Internet portals, Droplet is enabling video to overtake audio and text as the predominant communication and interaction mode in telecommunications and social networking. Droplet is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with key product development and commercial launch partnerships in the US, Korea, China, and India.
PeerMe, Inc. (www.PeerMe.com) is a Silicon Valley-based communications technology company that offers a peer-to-peer voice and instant-messaging platform that supports Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), PC-to-PC and PC-to handheld voice communications, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer file transfer over public Internet connections. The privately held company was founded in 2004, is based in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Japan, South Korea, China, India, Bulgaria and Texas.