I had two new experiences this week that were really cool. First, I went to Boston to meet with a customer of mine and flew on Virgin America. The San Francisco to Boston flight has Internet access for $6 and the quality of service was great. I was able to browse at a good speed, check email, and chat with my wife so that I could tell her good night.
While I was in Boston, I downloaded a new Video Conferencing software called oovoo which can be found at www.oovoo.com. It is really amazing. It has a great user experience (including a beautiful UI), it has great video quality, and it supports up to 6 users at one time. It also lets you chat individually to any user on the call and you can leave a video message if the user is not online.
You will need to download the software, but for anyone who wants to participate in the conference they will only need a Java-enabled browser. I have been using Skype, but this is much better.
Finally, they have a full API so that you can include the functionality on your site. I am going to include the service on a new project I am working on that is kind of a Lifestreaming solution on steroids.
Now back to the story. So I am flying back from Boston and I wondered how would the video conferencing work over the airplanes Internet connection. I sent a link to my wife and she launched it in a browser. We tried it and it worked fantastic. Great quality and it was really nice to use it to say good night to my family.
This is very cool and I highly suggest it.