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DEMO: Nyoombl's Greypfroot brings easy to use video conferencing to your television

Nyoombl is one of 65 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2010 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

Nyoombl is aiming to be the first company to offer a dead-simple solution for video conferencing on your television.

Its Greypfroot device is a small device that connects to your TV, and enables you to video chat with other Greypfroot users, as well as Gmail users on PCs and Macs who have Google voice and video chat installed. We’re told the device is portable, and functions similar to a telephone — it will ring when you get an incoming call, even if your TV is off.

The company is still in very early stages of development with the device, but it said that it’s currently leaning towards Android as the operating system — although it will remain open to other options. It’s also still figuring out the underlying hardware for the Greypfroot. Nyoombl said that it’s developing the device to function well on HDTVs and older SDTVs, and it will support HD resolutions. Support for other video chat platforms like Skype is also under consideration.

Cisco would seem poised to enter the home video-chat market. It has all the needed assets: Linksys, a maker of home-networking routers; Scientific Atlanta, a set-top box manufacturer; and Pure Digital, makers of the popular Flip video camera, which it purchased for $590 million a year ago. Cisco as well as IBM and Polycom unveiled home-video product plans at the CES technology conference in January, but their efforts have met with skepticism.

Nyoombl is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and is self-funded.

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