Video chatting and calling have always been a fascination of us. Back when Star trek started using video calling in their series, people have always waited for the day that video communication will be part of our daily lives. Well ladies and gentlemen, that day is here and no one seems to care. Apps like skype that have brought us video calling in recent times but video chatting is still failing to take off with everyone.
Here is an interesting fact. Video chatting didn’t begin in the 21st century as we may think, it actually started off in 1964 with AT&T. In 64’, AT&T develops what they called the picturefone which was some sort of huge phone that offered “video calls”. Basically you sat in front of your picturefone and on the other side there was a screen to see the user you are talking to. The picturefone took pictures of you every 2 second and processed it on the receivers screen to create an awkward simulation of a video call. In those days when it was announced, it led to great fanfare. However in application, it was clumsy and people didn’t like it because it was too big, expensive and they didn’t want to have to freshen up for the call every time. The project was shelved in 1970.
This is a great analogy in what had been going today till recent time. Well I may be exaggerating but when skype came out in the early 2000’s, 2003 to be precise, it took some time before it reached a huge following. We are talking about an application that allows its users to video call any of their contacts for free as well as make very cheap calls to phones.
People complain that video chatting involves too much work, you need to get ready, look good and control your environment. Also others don’t like the fact that it doesn’t really feel like a real conversation because you keep looking at the person in the face. Others say that in general people are lazy and don’t want the work involved in video communication as you have to pay attention to the person you are talking to especially when they are talking.
I have one thing to say to these people, Get over it. Video chatting has so much more pros to counter its few cons. The few things we are scratching right now with video chatting today, is just so limited to what video chatting will do to define our lives in the future.
Take video calling your friends and family for free. It seems like the description of skype but if you think about it for a bit, you will notice that it won’t be long before you will be video calling or calling all your friends and contacts for free and never pay mobile carriers again because some app allowed you to do so easily. I mean who in the right mind will still pay for a $60 mobile carrier plan when they can call and text all their friends for free.
Attend meetings physically will be similar to taking a run for the fun of it. You will do it if you really feel like breaking a sweat because all you really needed to do is to hop on your computer or tv and connect with the meeting or event you had to and get involved. Parent teachers meetings will be easier and cost effective. Same goes with board meetings or AA meetings.
Social networking will be in real time. To share a new video you found online you will share it live on video with your friends watching the video you shared at the same time as you and commenting on it with you on video. You will then be watching sport games and movies online with your friends connected with you as if you both were in a bar watching it together or at the movies.
After all people always thought in the past that the things we use today would have never happened. Bill Gates famously said that we would never need a computer with more than 256 KB in memory. Radio pioneer Gugliemo Marconi said that we would never use the tv because people didn’t want to watch live pictures in boxes, it was too much work.
I mean video chatting is soon exploding and with new websites like tinychat, google+, ustream, youtube it won’t be too long before video chatting will be an integral piece of your life. It’s time you hop on the wagon before you become a dinosaur. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.