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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 17th Aug 2010 11:58 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I must be about the only person on the planet who loathes the idea of using a telephone - the idea of a video phone sends shivers up the spine only matched by the sight of Palin giving a speech on economic management. There something about the phone I find impersonal which makes me sooner meet the person face to face - there are a whole heap of clues which are missing when one just relies on a voice for communication.

What I do hope to a certain degree is that telecommuting undermines the current way of doing things; people get up do some work from 8:00am to 11am, spend some time doing something they want to do with friends or family or just chilling out then come back at around 4pm and then knock off at 9pm. If the role of video phone allows that to happen as to free up more time to spend with in the community then the technology will be a good tool to use.

Edited 2010-08-17 12:00 UTC

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Zifre on Wed 18th Aug 2010 22:12 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

I must be about the only person on the planet who loathes the idea of using a telephone - the idea of a video phone sends shivers up the spine only matched by the sight of Palin giving a speech on economic management. There something about the phone I find impersonal which makes me sooner meet the person face to face - there are a whole heap of clues which are missing when one just relies on a voice for communication.

I mostly agree. For me, telephone is the worst form of communication. Next is writing (e-mail, snail mail, etc.). Video phone is next. And then face-to-face is best. My guess as to why I feel this way is that I hate the sound of my recorded voice. Telephone, being all recorded voice, sends a shiver up my spine. Personally, I wouldn't really mind video phone (it's the voice part that annoys me, not the video), but I don't think it's a good idea, because most people seem to hate it.

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