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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There is a market for videocalls on the TV
by porcel on Tue 17th Aug 2010 07:31 UTC
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All the naysayers do not realize that videoconference on the tv will be pretty huge. This is directed at families that have to spend time away from each other and who can now easily see each other without having to deal with a standard "computer". They just get calls from Dad on the TV.

My Panasonic Viera already does this with Skype and it has been wonderful for my 3-year old to be able to see and interact with his grandparents who are on the other side of the Atlantic.

So, no, this will not substitute the phone for everyday calls. Nobody wants that. That doesn´t mean that there isn´t a market or a need for it.

It would be a hell of a lot better if the protocol in use wasn´t skype, but something open and that had been subjected to serious academic scrutiny.

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