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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by richsax on Mon 16th Aug 2010 08:03 UTC
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You completely miss the point. Video calls have been technically possible for decades (my dad owned one of those ISDN "videophone"), and there's no shortage of implementations today.

The problem is that the majority of people does not WANT to participate in video calls. Not even the tech savvy youngsters want any of it.

Others will have to discuss the psychology involved. Even Facetime will be Failtime (even when it get support for 3g/4g), because folks don't like that way of communicating.

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