The world’s first video call was made from the top of Mount Everest by British explorer Daniel Hughes using a HTC One.
Breaking the record for the world’s highest video call, Hughes used a HTC One to document his journey to the summit.
Hughes spoke live to the BBC using the HTC One from the top of Mount Everest, 8,848m above sea levels and at a temperature of -35 degrees centigrade.
The expedition was turned into an interactive online experience by a stream of constant live updates, videos and pictures, with online viewers able to watch their progress on a real-time map.
“This project has been two and a half years in the making and it’s hard to put into words how amazing and surreal it is to be speaking to London from the highest point in the world,” said Hughes. “The support for the expedition has been phenomenal and thanks to the interactive nature of the climb, I really felt like I had everyone behind me.”
Sharing updates like weather conditions, sleep deprivation and the altitudes, Hughes also posted videos like the world’s highest Harlem Shake and a high-altitude cooking lesson on the site, using HTC equipment and on-mountain IP broadband access from Inmarsat.
“We’re truly proud to have been part of Daniel’s amazing journey,” said Suzi Watson, a HTC UK spokesperson. “We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of design and innovation and the HTC One was put to the ultimate test in extreme conditions, where it was able to help Daniel connect to everyone back home – even from the top of the world.”
Followers have also been able to get involved via Twitter and Facebook, with Hughes writing the name of anyone who follows the expedition on the social networks on his tent.
Aiming to raise one million pounds for Comic Relief, Hughes also placed the first Red Nose at the top of Everest.
The British explorer has been documenting his training journey via a series of YouTube videos, including climbing Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and Mount McKinley in the US, known as the coldest mountain on Earth.
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