Got a strong neck? This hands-free video phone is for you!

Bad hair days on video chats are a thing of the past with NTT Docomo’s hands-free video phone. Of course, a hat is a lighter solution because this heavy headgear has multiple cameras to render you as a finely detailed, and possibly better looking, avatar.

Sign up online to get a FaceTime call from a dog

I don’t use FaceTime all that often, which is why this neat little Arduino-based hack is so cool: It basically guarantees someone will call me using Apple’s video chat service. Plus, that someone will also be a dog called Chewie.

Poll: Which mobile video chat service do you use?

Many mainstream consumers were introduced to mobile video chat via Apple’s FaceTime service, but video calling from phones has been around for a while and works on regular cellular networks. Now that we have a number of mobile video chat services, which are you using?

iPhone 4S drives record registrations of Tango app

Tango is used to seeing a bump in registrations whenever a new smartphone is released. But last week’s launch of the iPhone 4S gave it an even bigger lift than usual, with record registration numbers that were up 35 percent higher than usual.

Tango raises $42M, will fight Skype on the desktop

Tango has raised an additional $42 million led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The mobile video chat provider will use that to ramp up hiring and compete against offerings from Skype and others. To do that, it will soon launch a desktop video chat app.

ooVoo Releases Multiuser Video Chat App for the iPhone

Video chat provider ooVoo has just released an iPhone app, allowing users to leverage multiplatform video chat on their Apple devices. By doing so, iPhone and iPod touch users can launch video chat sessions with up to five of their friends, wherever they are.

Vtok Launches Google Video Chat App for More Android Phones

Google grabbed headlines when it made Google Talk functionality available on Android version 2.3.4, launching first on the Google Nexus S. But now there’s an option for the rest of the Android ecosystem, as tiny SkyMobius has issued the latest version of its Vtok app.

Fring First With iPhone Group Video Calling

Fring released an update Thursday for its iPhone app that brings group video chat over Wi-Fi and 3G to the service. Android users can also get in on the action, using Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G and both platforms can talk to each other.

Qik Opens Its Video Chat to (Almost) All Android Users

Qik has launched a new mobile app that will allow nearly all Android mobile users to video chat with their iPhone- and iPad-toting friends. That could opens its potential user base beyond just the few manufacturers and carriers it had struck deals with.