How Bell Labs Almost Put a Videophone in Every Home

From the 1950s until the 1970s Bell Labs spent over $500 million developing the videophone. But the technology failed to achieve mainstream success. Why? Bill Hammack from the University of Illinois has a great video explaining the tremendous promise and eventual demise of the videophone as a standalone appliance in… » 6/17/14 5:30pm 6/17/14 5:30pm

Hands On: Asus's AiGuru SV1 Grandma-Friendly Skype Videophone

OK guys, is it out yet or isn't it? This morning, official word of Asus's new AiGuru SV1, a standalone (no PC required) Skype videophone was released and then retracted » 9/18/08 8:48pm 9/18/08 8:48pm—but here we are tonight at a media event in NYC and what do we see sitting on Skype's table? Not sure what the nervousness is about, cause the thing…

Asus Launches AiGuru SV1, World's First Skype-Certified Videophone

Update » 9/18/08 5:51am 9/18/08 5:51am: Asus tells us that the product wasn't supposed to be announced just yet. They're still tweaking the unit, so the specs listed below aren't the final specs. What we do know is that this device is coming and it is going to be something similar to this, but minor details will probably be changed. The original…

Creative Wi-Fi inPerson Video Phone Looks Promising

There's little to no official detail available on this Creative Wi-Fi Video phone, called the inPerson, but the FCC has both pictures and the manual available for just anyone to peep through. The specs look beefy: VGA video at 2Mbps, "excellent low light performance," a wide-angle lens, dual microphones, Wi-Fi,… » 12/19/07 1:49pm 12/19/07 1:49pm

LG's WiMax-enabled Phone Might be a Little Early

LG-Nortel seems to be a bit early on this one, but they've made what looks to be the first WiMax-enabled phone. It's a standard phone with a videophone built in, which is where the WiMax fits in. With a camera and a screen for seeing your caller, it doesn't look to be anything all that revolutionary. I don't think… » 4/24/07 7:15pm 4/24/07 7:15pm