Video email turns heads at DEMO 2007
The Browser landed yesterday in artificial Palm Desert, CA for DEMO 2007, one of the few must-visit annual tech conferences. Over the next two days, 68 companies will each be given six minutes to unleash their revolutionary new technology upon the world - or at least upon industry heavies like the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg. The parade began early this morning Pacific time, and thusfar we have two words for you: video email.
That's right, of the first 15 companies, Eyejot, a company which hopes to merge "the best of email with video chat" was the most sexy. Briefly, Eyejot is a web-based video email system. If you have a webcam, you an send a video email to anyone. True, you might be able to do this now by embedding video files in, say, your Outlook email, but it would require some serious cutting and pasting. On first glance, the free Eyejot web-driven app makes the whole process as simple as creating a text email. Very cool too is the fact that the video messages can be added to things like MySpace pages or viewed on Apple's (AAPL) video iPod.
Bottom line: When you see it, you can easily imagine the entire world of email moving from text to video. In fact, it's perhaps the enormous potential of the thing that could prove most problematic for the tiny company. At present, their app does not integrate with any of the existing email tools -- users have to create their own free Eyejot webmail accounts. And there's no reason to believe that heavyweights like Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), or Yahoo (YHOO) couldn't simply add video to their existing webmail systems. Then again, one of them could also simply acquire a small, enterprising video email outfit.....
Also, very impressive from the early lineup:
If you guys are impressed with eyeyjot you�ll love gabmail and gabjam (www.freegabmail.com). Just like eyeyjot there�s no download required but there�s also no registration required so you just hit the site and away you go. You can send unlimited numbers of messages of up to 2 minutes for free and every message is threaded so you have one-click access to every video in the thread. And you can send messages from any email client or webmail program.
Isn't this just RadicalMail all over again?
text emails are bad enough, with all the spammers flooding us. if spammers can now spam us with video emails, i don't know what that world will be like. and no, i don't want anything to start to run too smartly from my email, with all the worms and virus out there. u guys can keep video mails to urself.
We have used video mail with great results! I am currently using VM direct but am looking for something a little more user friendly and that integrates better with my client databases.
I get about 80% of our vidmails opened.
On our website www.homechamps.com we see the benefit of this type of technology as keeping the clients there longer.
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