October 03, 2011 by Rachel Cericola
SeePort is looking for a little help. Actually, they are looking for a lot of funding. The company is trying to get its Ufone Video Phone off the ground, so they have started taking pre-orders—for a product that doesn’t really exist yet.
That may not be fair to say. There’s a Ufone out there somewhere. Probably more than one. We even have the picture (see right) to prove it. However, the product is not being mass-marketed just yet, and the company is trying to raise capital through crowd source funding site Kickstarter.
The Ufone promises video calls over a home’s Wi-Fi network. That means you can skip the monthly bills and subscriptions. Weighing in at about two pounds, it’s also water-resistant, so you can make calls from the kitchen or perhaps poolside. Other features include an 8-inch touchsceen, a 5-megapixel video camera, and support for Skype. SeePort is also planning Ufone Mobile, an app that will be compatible with both the Android and AppleOS devices.
For the next 60 days (through December 1, 2011), SeePort is accepting Ufone pre-orders through Kickstarter. The idea is to get funding, and the company is hoping to reach $1 million. It seems like you can pledge as little as $1, but that’s not going to get you a Ufone. That will cost you $250.
Even if they don’t make the goal, the product is expected to ship by spring 2012. However, you can keep track of the standings on the KickStarter website.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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