I was invited to a special party hosted by ZVRS at Hard Rock Cafe which is right across the street from Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, July 7th in the evening. There was a special demonstration of ZVRS’ newest product called iZ. iZ is a mobile videophone with video relay services specifically for iPhone 4 using their FaceTime program.
I regret that I didn’t see the demonstration, but judging from the people’s reactions, they were overjoyed and excited.
Roger Vass explained bit more about the product. Please see the video below.
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It was a tremendous accomplishment for ZVRS to come up with a mobile videophone connected to the video relay services specifically for iPhone 4! That is the world’s first innovation ever, and especially it was developed very soon after the new release of iPhone 4.
I spoke with Chris Wagner, who is a Vice President of Marketing for ZVRS and I asked him how did this happen. Chris explained to me that ZVRS had a potential business opportunity with AT&T, and he added that Carl Gustin, former Chief Marketing Officer for Apple and Kodak is on the ZVRS board of directors. Carl challenged ZVRS to take the company’s innovation to the next level. Carl’s network with AT&T and Apple connected ZVRS with the right people to develop this exciting innovation. This happened so quickly, that the product will be released on July 26, 2010, as a part of the 20th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.
ZVRS is currently a trailblazer for mobile videophone with VRS capabilities!
Congratulations, ZVRS and as an iPhone user (iPhone 3GS), I am CONVINCED to upgrade my phone so that I can use iZ program as soon I get back home from the NAD conference.
P.S. Karen Putz, of A Deaf Mom Shares Her World who works for ZVRS published her blog with more information and PICTURES of different people who tried this new product. Go and read her blog here.
Amy Cohen Efron