Monday, September 26, 2005

Lucent to Integrate Pulse's Avatars and Animation into IMS-based Video Messaging

Lucent Technologies will integrate animation technology from Pulse Entertainment into its portfolio of Hosted Custom Applications for wireline and wireless carriers. Pulse's software transforms standard digital images (photos and illustrations) into interactive, animated avatar characters. Subscribers select a character then create customized content that blends messages and greetings into video services. These characters/avatars can deliver messages, perform greetings, and stand in for a subscriber during conversations or online meetings.

Lucent said service providers could offer their subscribers the ability to enhance and personalize their greetings by adding video as an option to their voice and text messages. These enhanced video greetings applications could be offered either as a standalone service, or as part of an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based solution for blended lifestyle services.

Lucent's Video Greetings application leverages current messaging and communications methods including Short Message Services (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), Instant Messaging (IM), web messaging and email and accommodates the uplink speeds of current 2.5G and 3G mobile networks.

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