Panasonic brings Skype to your VIERA set with a $170 webcam

Panasonic and Skype have teamed up and some of Panny’s new fancy-pants HDTVs feature the VoIP service right in the set. All you need is the $170 wide-angle webcam to get the party started.

The function was just activated in the VIERA VT25, VT20, G25, and G20 sets, which require the Panasonic-branded webcam. It’s a tad pricey, but it does offer four unidirectional mics, 720p@22fps record, a wide-angle lens, along with audio processing to counter echo.

Just think, maybe sometime soon, we’ll be able to enjoy videoconferencing just like Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future 2. That’s been our dream all along.