Three of my colleagues at IISc, Professors K.V.S. Hari, T.V. Sreenivas and H. S. Jamadagni run their first -- and our Institute's third -- entrepreneurial venture: Esqube Communication Solutions. Their first software product, named VQube, after being beta-tested in the US and Japan, is now ready and available for download (free, trial version). Hari and I were talking about Esqube this afternoon, and here is what he told me about their new baby:
VQube allows you to use your Windows-based PC -- which should have a microphone, speakers, sound card and an internet connection -- to make telephone calls through the internet. The only restriction is that the other person should also have a PC with all these features, including VQube. It is optimized for use even on a dial-up connection; with a higher-bandwidth (broadband, for example) internet link, it is even better. It does everything that its its more established competitor (that shall not be named here!) does, and then some more!
VQube's USPs are: (a) it works even with the lowly dial-up connection, and (b) it, unlike its competitor, is a strictly peer-to-peer product.
In sum -- and in semi-geek language -- it is a peer-to-peer and low-bandwidth-friendly internet telephony product!
I would really like to give a glowing account of how VQube has really changed (transformed!) my telephony experience. The reason I cannot is that I am a linux-only person, and VQube is a Windows-only software! Needless to say, I am looking forward to VQube-LX ...
See the VQube website for more details on its capabilities that include, for example, conference calls. If you want more info, you might want to look at this Businessworld story. There are at least two bloggers who have written about VQube.
I urge you to check out VQube, and to spread the word. More importantly, if you have any suggestions for the product, do please get in touch with VQube's developers. These academics, strangely enough, are hungry for feedback!