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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Extra pain for no gain
by ianm on Mon 16th Aug 2010 13:47 UTC
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Even when using a wired phone, I can move around, do the dishes, get a drink from the fridge, or watch the newsfeed scroll past on whatever screen is handy. With a video call I am tethered to the camera.

It's rare that the extra trouble of a video call adds anything to a conversation, it's just a bad idea.

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