Here's What Skype Was Like In 1947

Thanks to tech like Skype, the ability to both see and hear someone across thousands of miles is a mundane exercise for most of us here in the early 21st century. But back in 1947, signing a contract over videophone was like looking into the future. Even if that future turned out a bit different than we were expecting. » 2/13/15 7:00pm 2/13/15 7:00pm

This Ad Promised 3D Videophones and Robot Shoppers by the Year 2000

Back in 1968, the videophone was supposed to be just around the corner. Phone companies around the world were working diligently to make it a reality. But sometimes their futuristic promises could go a little overboard, like in this Southwestern Bell ad that promised not just videophones, but three-dimensional » 1/20/14 2:40pm 1/20/14 2:40pm

A Brief History of the Videophone That Almost Was

The videophone is one of those technologies that more or less snuck up on us. Promises that one day you'd not only be able to hear but see a person through your telephone are nearly as old as the telephone itself. The videophone spent nearly a century as every bit as much a "technology of the future" as the flying car… » 8/28/13 4:20pm 8/28/13 4:20pm

Saygus Vphone Runs On Android, Claims it Can Make Video Calls Over EDGE

Wired got a hands on with the mysterious Saygus Vphone, that popped up over at the FCC back in November. They say the Android phone is capable of making video calls—even over EDGE. » 1/06/10 9:30pm 1/06/10 9:30pm

Microsoft's Mobicast Stitches Together Multiple Cell Phone Videos in…

If has taught us anything, it's that there's a lot of cell phone footage out there. Researchers at Microsoft's Labs in Egypt are doing something cool with all that content, combining feeds from multiple phones into multi-angle, live broadcasts. » 12/28/09 9:40am 12/28/09 9:40am

Asus AiGuru SV1T Skype Videophone Gets a Touchscreen

At the price of a netbook ($300), the first-gen Asus videophone was more for those wanting to video Skype without a PC (think Grandparents). But the navigation was fiddly, so they've now made the 7-inch (800x480) display touch-capable. » 9/18/09 7:44am 9/18/09 7:44am

Nokia Points to Users' Fatness To Explain Lack of Interest in Video…

Katherine over at Tech Digest caught this very interesting quote by a Nokia VP over at the S60 Summit today, explaining why their users aren't quite as interested in video calling as Nokia's sales department would hope. Here's the reason: the angle you're forced to hold the phone at when you're making video calls… » 5/28/08 12:50pm 5/28/08 12:50pm