This is the page where you will be submitting the research that you found for the "Research Assignment."
As outlined, you must have at least three (3) posts here BEFORE Tuesday, March 31, 2009, so the deadline is MONDAY, MARCH 30 AT 12 MIDNIGHT! It is very important that you cite your sources you find to avoid plagiarism and so it is easier to find this information again when we are developing the Wiki page. These posts need to have background research that covers the use of Google Talk Video, so take a look at the other "children" here on our Wiki page to give you an idea of the type of information to look for. Please make sure that the information you use from the websites is credible and reliable.
When you are using direct quotes, don't forget to use quotation marks to avoid plagiarism.
Each posting needs to be unique, so no one should have the same reference.
Finally, at the end of your research, please put your name AND the date you submitted, so everyone will know who submitted the research (and so you can get credit for your work! This individual assignment is worth 6 points!).
- Google Talk Video was released for use on November 11, 2008.
- Google Talk Video can be used while you are in your Gmail account.
- Google Talk Video is competition for Skype, Meebo, and TokBox.
- All you need is to install a plug-in to use it.
- Google Talk Video is integrated on the Gmail page so that all of Google Talk's functions (such as IM) can all be in one convenient place.
- Serge Lachapelle from Sweden helped develop Google Talk Video.
- He was the "Vice President of product management" at Marratech, which was the company that Google bought in April 2007.
- There is a video from one of the developers of Google Talk Video on this website, so here is some of the information from that video:
- Useful because you can show "expressions and gestures." The other person you are chatting with can easily see this, which would not be possible by simply using an IM service.
- It is good for long distance "face to face" communication.
- When you use the Google Talk Video Chat, you will receive a "Call" from the other person who wants to video chat with you, and you then can either "Answer" or "Ignore."
- Can even be viewed full-screen.
- To install the software needed, go to "gmail.com/videochat" and follow the prompts there.
- It is a free service.
- It can be accessed while using other features of Google Talk.
- There is also other information on the page:
- To get the necessary software:
- "Download the plug-in, close all windows, install plug-in"
- "Sign into Gmail"
- Go to the Chat section of Gmail
- Choose the person you want to call.
- A video next to their name indicates they can video chat.
- You can even have a 1-way video chat if one person doesn't have a webcam.
- To get the necessary software:
- Several webcam models are suggested on the webpage.
- Before Google Talk Video was developed, it was possible to have "voice chats" without video.
- Uses "Video" technology, which is a "video conferencing" software
- Google Talk Video is basically an upgrade to Google Talk's existing features.
----The above information was submitted by: Amanda Roberts on March 26, 2009.
- Marratech is based in Stockholm.
- The engineers who developed the video chat system that Google bought now work for Google.
- Google Talk Video was originally used within the Google Corporation.
- Marratech still operates on its own, but it cannot market the video chat software anymore.
- "Desktop Conferencing Software"
- The software itself, not Marratech, was bought by Google.
- Marratech does "desktop conferencing research and development" in Sweden
----The above information was submitted by: Amanda Roberts on April 2, 2009.