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50 years later and still no one is video callin

April 23, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Chris Merriman / The Inquirer

FIFTY YEARS AGO this week, AT&T demonstrated the first video calls at the World's Fair in New York. In 1964, the demonstration was more of a curiosity than anything else - the opportunity to talk to a stranger sitting on the other coast, at a similar facility in Disneyland.

Fifty years on, and most of us still would rather not see and be seen on a video phone. But why?

The concept of video telephony stretches back as far as the telephone itself, with theoretical systems being recorded as far back as the 1870s. Alexander Graham Bell dismissed the concept as nothing but a fairy tale, despite his own notes on an "electrical radiophone".

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