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The Price For A Videophone in 1955 Was $44,000 Adjusted for Inflation

We’ve been imagining a future of ubiquitous videophones for over a century. And today it’s considered no big deal that we’re able to make video calls with devices that we carry around in our pockets. But it took a while to get to that point. One reason? It was incredibly expensive.
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1961 AT&T Film Shows Just How Awkward Videophone Shopping Could've Been

The ARPANET didn’t make its first host-to-host connection until 1969. But long before anyone was online, communications companies were trying to figure out how to make interactive home shopping a reality. This short 1961 film from Bell Systems (now AT&T) showcases the futuristic tech that they were imagining—including… » 6/03/15 4:47pm 6/03/15 4:47pm

This 1993 AT&T Concept Video Predicted Skype's New Translator App

You can keep your flying cars and jetpacks. The real sign that we’re living in the future? Easy: real-time language translation. Skype just put its version into wide release. But effortless translation is something we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, as you can see from this 1993 clip of an AT&T concept video… » 5/12/15 4:12pm 5/12/15 4:12pm

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

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