Technology Marketing Corporation has named the Packet8
Tango Video Terminal Adapter a 2007 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner. According to Tom Keating
, CTO and TMC Labs Editorial Director at TMC, "The Innovation Awards exemplify the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. 8x8, Inc. has demonstrated a commitment to quality, and a commitment to the further development of the IP communications industry through its Packet8 Tango VTA. 8x8 deserves this great honor, and I look forward to seeing other innovative solutions from them as they continue to contribute to the future of IP communications."
The Packet8 Tango VTA, introduced in January 2007 at the Consumer Electronics Show, takes the concept of traditional VoIP terminal adapters one step further with the addition of advanced H.264 video. This sleek-looking 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1.38" free standing device incorporates a built-in, high resolution 5" LCD color display and 180 degree rotating CCD camera to deliver advanced full-motion video at up to 30 frames per second along with crisp, delay-free audio. In addition to unlimited local and long distance calling to any U.S. and Canada phone number, Packet8 Tango users receive unlimited worldwide video calling to any Packet8 video-enabled endpoint, i.e. another Packet8 Tango, the Packet8 DV326 desktop videophone or 8x8's voice and video softphone, Packet8 Softalk.
"The Packet8 Tango set a new standard in the design and functionality of VoIP terminal adapters and we are proud to have pioneered this new product category," said 8x8 Vice President of Marketing and Sales Huw Rees. "As more and more businesses and consumers transition to VoIP phone service, we expect to see increasing demand for additional features, such as video, that traditional PSTN phone services cannot deliver. Endpoint devices like the Packet8 Tango will enable the provision of these advanced services."
The TMC Labs Innovation Awards honor products that demonstrate raw innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. The TMC Labs Innovation Awards are not granted only to the best-selling products, but instead to those demonstrating raw innovation, uniqueness, and representing a significant contribution to the industry. 2007 TMC Labs Innovation Award winners can be found in the July and August 2007 issues of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.