“Affordable voice-controlled smart-device for video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, and security surveillance.”
HELLO is taking Kickstarter by storm. Originally setting out to raise just $30k, at the time of writing it has currently raised $216,721 from over 400 backers.
So, what is it? Well, it’s a video conferencing system which is actually affordable and good at the same time. It is a physical device that hooks into your TV and lets you carry out video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting and security surveillance with motion detection and more. It is an extension of the Solaborate platform.
It is pitched on ease of use, differentiating from the current clunky conferencing systems. With the overwhelming support they have received on Kickstarter they are now gunning for more money to add support for Microsoft Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Cisco Webex. Supporting these with their huge user bases will be game changing.
Wi-fi calling is a particularly useful feature for people who are in areas of limited coverage, or often make calls from basement offices. In this article we show you, with screen shots, how to enable wi-fi calling.
Wi-fi calling enables you to make and receive calls and SMS as usual, but using your wifi network rather than the cellular network. Unlike services such as Skype and Whatsapp, there are no additional apps or different accounts to use; your phone operates and normal and people can call you as normal; it’s all done through your mobile operator, just via wifi instead of their cell tower.
First of all you need to ensure that your mobile network supports wi-fi calling. At the time of writing in the USA T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and (soon) Verizon support it, whilst in the UK support is found from EE and Vodafone.
If you are on a supported network:
1. Open your settings
2. Select the Phone option
3. Select Wi-Fi Calling
4. Move the Wi-Fi Calling slider to on
Your device will ensure that the wifi network you are using has sufficient bandwidth to support the call. If it does you will see your network change to say ‘WiFi Call’:
Once you leave the wifi area your phone will switch to a cellular network, if one is available.