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: Reading all this...
by coreyography on Tue 17th Aug 2010 04:20 UTC in reply to "Reading all this..."
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It makes me think that most of you just can't stand the idea of being "exposed" to your peers. Your problems seem to be psychological/social. You prefer the impersonal nature of voice calls.

I prefer that they *are* voice calls. If I want someone to see me, or I want to see them, I'll pay them a visit or have them over for dinner.

I'd guess that most people don't like being exposed to their peers. Except strippers and flashers, maybe.

I guess I'm one of those who likes to open up to others. I would give my right arm to be able to video-chat in good quality with my family who live so far away. Maybe not with any random person in the world, but I would still cherish the ability to video-chat with family and friends. The problem is that it's consumers like you, afraid of their own shadow, that fuck it up for people like me too.

I'll tell you what my preference for voice calls is not, and that is a desire to snub or undermine you personally (or any other TV-video-chatting fans). "That Eugenia, you know, the woman with her crazy idea of talking to her mom on her tee-vee..."

I can see one of your points; if my family lived overseas, and I only saw them once or twice a year, then yes, I'd be looking into some sort of video-chatting mechanism (though I believe it exists today, if in a rather crude form). But the fact you are unhappy with the state of progress in this area does not make it everyone else's fault.

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