ROCKLIN, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/13 -- Purple Communications, Inc. today unveiled SmartVP -- a videophone that combines the latest in technology on an intuitive platform with a wide array of smart applications and features that will transform how deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals communicate.
As the first videophone to feature true HD quality and a range of other smart features, SmartVP provides users with crisp, clear and almost life-like video conversations through their televisions. By simply pressing one button on the SmartVP remote, users can make a call using video relay service (VRS), allowing deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to connect directly with each other or communicate with hearing people in real-time via American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.
Purple partnered with Tely Labs, to develop SmartVP. Based on the award-winning telyHD video calling device, SmartVP was built on the Android operating system and features an HD camera with a wide-angle lens that can send and receive video up to 720P HD from one SmartVP to another. "We are very proud to partner with Purple on the SmartVP to deliver HD video communications to the deaf and hard of hearing in a way that's fun and easy to use," said Sreekanth Ravi, president and CEO of Tely Labs.
With a phased approach, Purple will rollout SmartVP market-by-market using a one-on-one installation process to ensure customer service and quality. For more information on SmartVP, visit www.purple.us/SmartVP.
"The deaf community has a history of embracing new technologies that improve the quality and flexibility of their communications. Today, we're excited to begin unveiling SmartVP as the next-generation of video communications for people who are deaf or hard of hearing," said John Ferron, Purple's president and chief executive officer. "We've been delighted with early feedback from our customers and how impressed they are with the functionality and ease of use of SmartVP when compared to other options in the market. We're excited to begin sharing SmartVP with customers as we begin our regional rollout."
SmartVP is the first videophone to feature applications. Through SmartVP's sleek, transparent interface, users can access the apps at any time, even during a call. They can check out select YouTube channels, stay up-to-date on weather, order pizza through an exclusive Yellow Pages® app, or find the closest show times for captioned movies through the Captionfish app. The platform is also equipped with a full deaf movie library.
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