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Kodak and Skype Launch KODAK Photo Voice
[January 03, 2006]

Kodak and Skype Launch KODAK Photo Voice

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Very soon, we will be able to gather together online and share our digital photos just as if we're sitting in our living room even if we're in different parts of the globe. This will be possible thanks to a partnership between photography giant Eastman Kodak Company and VoIP service provider Skype Technologies S.A. The companies teamed up to unveil the latest in digital storytelling, the KODAK Photo Voice.

The new service combines live voice and online photo sharing. The beta version of KODAK Photo Voice, the first Skype-certified online photo sharing experience, is now available as a free download online.

"Today's families and social networks are scattered around the globe. Staying connected through photo sharing remains an important element in maintaining closer personal relationships," said Sandra Morris, general manager of Consumer Imaging Services at Kodak. "Traditional social gatherings that once took place around the radio, television or telephone are now happening around the computer, mobile phone or camera. KODAK Photo Voice marks the next step in this evolution."
KODAK Photo Voice allows two people to simultaneously view a customized slideshow, and to talk about and react to each picture. After downloading KODAK Photo Voice and Skype, the host then selects pictures from a KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery album or from their PC, compiles them into a KODAK Photo Voice presentation and calls a friend via Skype to watch the slideshow live. Hosts submit orders for prints and other merchandise that guests select through KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery and have them mailed directly to the guest's home.
"Our goal is to make technology easy to use and Skype is a simple Internet communications service that is changing the way people stay in touch," said James Bilefield, vice president of business development for Skype. "The combination of Skype's service and KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery's photo sharing capabilities will make sharing memories even more simple and rewarding for consumers around the globe."
Skype has been teaming up with many companies to make its service compatible with a vast number of devices and services recently. Wireless phone manufacturer Ascalade Communications Inc. announced yesterday that it signed a development agreement with the VoIP service provider in order to develop multiple Skype-certified telecommunication products including wireless VoIP phones.
Audio guru Sennheiser Electronic Corporation (SEC), the U.S. subsidiary of its German parent company, is due to announce an agreement with Skype by the end of this week. Under the agreement, Skype certified Sennheiser's suite of communications headsets and will sell a selection of them on its online store.
Skype made news last month when it teamed up with mobile phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. to host and maintain a Web-based store for consumers and businesses to purchase Skype products and services in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Eastman Kodak Company
Skype Technologies, S.A.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page

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