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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I my opinion it's not the technology that makes video-conferencing so "Jetson"esque (does anybody remember The Jetsons?) and hence futuristic, it's the fact that (in the movies at least) that feature is consumed as if it were breakfast cereal.

I tried video conferencing myself and found it rather annoying, since I'm limited to do "only" talking. When on the phone I can talk (of course), read/write an email, look at the stock ticker, etc... I know, all bad habits. But: Even if I don't have to, I can if I choose to...

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