Las Vegas, CES 2012 — If you’re going to drop a wad of bills on a serious phone you might as well find one that looks like it was destined to cradle your iPhone or iPad in its loving arms. That’s the mission that French upstart Invoxia has come up with for their newest VOIP desktop conference phone that embodies both beauty and braun.
The NVX 610 is Invoxia’s latest creation that uses an iPhone or iPad’s data connection to establish VOIP calls. Using an iOS app to control the action, the NVX 610 pumps out pristine sound through 8 different speakers. To increase audio capture quality, Invoxia’s white box includes 8 separate microphones to pinpoint the location of a user’s voice so that the machine can focus soley on the important audio and clean out the ambient noise. The device has an iPhone dock on the main body, but also includes an attachment to support an iPad if that’s your device of choice.
Despite its diminutive size we were impressed with the audio quality the conference phone could pump out even in the noisy showroom of CES. You can use the iPhone 30-pin connector at the top of the base of the speaker phone, or you can connect via Bluetooth. The back of the device sports two ethernet and USB ports. While the $600 price tag may keep the conference phone from widespread home use, we can definitely see corporations buying these up, especially because when two NVX 610’s are calling each other, the eight speakers can be used to mimic the location of individuals in the room with those they are calling. For instance, if a someone on the left side of your conference table is speaking, the NVX 610 receiving the audio will then play their voice from the speakers on the left. A cheaper home unit is supposedly in the works, but no timeframe was given.