Asterisk VoIP News

Thursday, January 12, 2006

VoIP gear highlighted at CES

Note: I love seeing VoIP more and more getting media attention. The more this happens the more people will learn of Asterisk.

Phone calls over the Internet, made using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology, was popular at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, with a number of companies showing off handsets and other peripherals to make it easier for the average user to connect to low-cost or free voice calls.

Many of the products were new handsets that connect to laptops or PCs via a universal serial bus (USB) plug, although a few companies showed off wireless handsets able to make calls directly over Wi-Fi signals, freeing users from their computers.

YapperNut delivered one of the more unique USB handsets: a computer mouse that doubles as a phone.

"People might forget to bring some peripherals with them on trips, but nobody forgets a mouse," chief marketing officer at YapperNut, Harrison Tang, said. The company is banking on growth in VOIP to raise interest in the mouse, dubbed YapperMouse, which vibrates and rings when calls come in, can hold your favorite ringtone, and only needs to be picked up to answer a call.

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