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: Couch Potato
by Eugenia on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:54 UTC in reply to "Couch Potato"
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

Apparently, it won't look much different than some youtube vloggers' videos. It's not a TV-watching-state. Unless you're the one who can't help being in such a state when in front of the TV. ;)

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RE[2]: Couch Potato
by Macrat on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:59 in reply to "RE: Couch Potato"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

:P

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RE[2]: Couch Potato
by de2ofuz on Mon 16th Aug 2010 07:22 in reply to "RE: Couch Potato"
de2ofuz Member since:
2006-06-07

You really don't want to see me on a video call "ever", and I have no intention of ever taking one!

To see me right now nursing my early morning coffee is not going to be a good sight, no matter how efficient or productive I am right now.

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.

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RE[3]: Couch Potato
by Brendan on Mon 16th Aug 2010 07:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Couch Potato"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

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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RE[3]: Couch Potato
by Tuishimi on Mon 16th Aug 2010 15:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Couch Potato"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Amen!

I carefully mark my meetings that will be using video because, quite frankly, I remain partially nekkid all day long while I am working (from home). ;)

I get dressed when I walk out into the kitchen for coffee at some point and my daughter yells at me "Daaaaad! Will you get dressed?!" ;)

Right now I am about to bless my neighborhood by walking out to get my newspaper wearing nothing but my raggedy paid of old cut-off sweat-pant shorts. SEXY!

LOL!

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RE[2]: Couch Potato
by _xmv on Mon 16th Aug 2010 08:43 in reply to "RE: Couch Potato"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

i don't like watching youtube bloggers in front of their cameras most of the time:p

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RE[2]: Couch Potato
by Soulbender on Mon 16th Aug 2010 09:51 in reply to "RE: Couch Potato"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

No, but I will be in the "answer-the-phone" state wich can be anything from "just-woke-with-the-worst-hangover-ever-and-is-that-puke-on-my-shirt? " to "just-got-out-of-the-shower-and-is-stark-naked".
Also, who wants to always have to be in front of the TV when taking a call?
Do people even have phones that are not mobile any more?
Traditionally stationary phones are dead anyweay so why bother creating another one? the only way video calls are going to be mainstream and common is if mobile phones can do them.

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