Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've seen it so many times in the movies and TV: a person wakes up in this futuristic world, walks by his kitchen, and a computerized voice is telling him that someone is calling him. But instead of picking up a receiver, the call is actually a video-call, and his TV is used for the conversation. If you put 2 and 2 together, this is not really that futuristic. Having a camera attached on your TV, and a VoIP SIP or Skype connection with it, is not mad science. So why don't we already have this on our TVs?
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RE[3]: Couch Potato
by Brendan on Mon 16th Aug 2010 07:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Couch Potato"
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I've had the ability to video call for years before my iPhone 4, and I've never used it, nor do I know anyone who has. I much prefer the idea of an Avatar taking/relaying your call, that would be seriously cool, a proper Personal Digital Assistant.

Most mobile phone traffic now is probably text messages because teenagers don't want to pay for the bandwidth that voice calls cost.

I used to have a mobile phone with support for video calls, and I never used it. Of course I don't tell anyone my phone number either - some people are lucky enough (like me) or important enough (not like me) to avoid living with the constant threat of interruption. :-)

- Brendan

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