Nov 25th -- The world's first video messaging technology has been launched by Video4i.com. The new technology expedites the sending and receiving of video messsages and will enable web enterprises to deliver video enhanced applications to their consumers.
The potential applications include: creating greeting videos and other personalised communications for chat groups and bulletin boards at web portals, video enhanced customer support in retail e-commerce, video-based communications for on-line auctions, product video demos, and personalised corporate communications.
Users with an internet connection, a webcam and a software plug-in available at its website will be able to use this video messaging technology through certain internet service providers or portals. These portals and ISPs are however, yet to be disclosed.
Currently, the company is still at its alpha testing phase and will provide beta testing at its site www.video4cards.com on 15 December 1999. The free trial service will allow users to record and broadcast messages around the world.
Their founder and CEO, Mr Samuel Ng emphasized that their start up is not a portal, rather it is a technology enabler that provides a platform for video messaging to take place.
The IT start-up was founded in June 1999 and it is the brainchild of a group of 20 Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents based in San Jose, California(USA). The company currently has up to US$3 million seed capital invested by Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific. They also have plans to list on the tech laden Nasdaq within 12 to 18 months.