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12/19/2007
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Stephen Wellman
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Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help

Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.

Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.WeBot is an on-demand media streaming application and content sharing platform in one. In plain English, it lets you access content stored on one device, like a PC, with your smartphone or handheld. Right now it works with the iPhone (it uses QuickTime for playback) and the Nokia N-Series of Web tablets.

I sat down with co-founders David Gottesman and Chris Amen the other day for a sneak peak. David is a serial entrepreneur who was formerly at Loudcloud, a Marc Andreessen company. In his previous life Chris helped develop streaming media technology at AOL and was VP of Service Delivery at Salesforce.com.

Based on the demo I saw, WeBot looks a little like Orb, another media sharing application I first saw a few years ago. WeBot chief's differentiator seems to be its focus on mobile devices, though like Orb, it seems to work best with Wi-Fi.

WeBot streams audio at the rate it was recorded in (so it maintains the quality of the original sound file). It also lets you access and share pictures. The company has plans to add video streaming and social networking in the future.

I look forward to playing with WeBot more over the holidays. Once I have some time on the clock, I'll let you know what I think.

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