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8.26.2007









the hp touchsmart pc is a video phone when used with msn live messenger.
it has a built-in webcam + microphone, so you can make free pc to pc calls.

"AT&T conducted experiments and demonstrations of a Picturephone product and service in the early 1960s, including at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The demo unit was usually in a small oval cabinet on a swivel stand, intended to stand on a desk. Videophones, possibly AT&T units, were featured at Expo 67, an International World's Fair held in Montreal, Canada in 1967. Several demonstration videophone units were available for the Fair-going public to try, who were permitted to make live video calls to recipient volunteers in the United States.

Picturephone was offered to the public in New York City and Washington DC in the early 1970s. The screen was larger than in the original demo units, approximately half a foot (15 cm) square in a roughly cubical cabinet. Picturephone booths were set up in Grand Central Station and elsewhere. With fanfare, Picturephones were installed in offices of Westinghouse and other progressive companies

AT&T sold the VideoPhone 2500 to the general public in 1992 to 1995 with prices starting at US$1500 and later US$1000.

Today the principles, if not the precise mechanisms of a videophone are employed by many users world-wide in the form of webcam conferences using personal computers, with cheaply available webcams and microphones and free instant messenger programs. Thus an activity that was disappointing as a separate service found a niche as a minor feature of products intended for other purposes."
via wikipedia (pics plan59)

here's a video of the videophones at expo 67 (via expo lounge)


by ~mod*mom~ at 26.8.07 ©

6 Comments:

Very cool. I love those old pictures! HA! What's with the full length apron?! LOL

Hey, don't know if you ever do a contest round up but I'm doing another week of giveaways at my place. It's all about homemade soaps this week! Just wanted to pass the word.

By Blogger Nan, at 8/27/2007 12:05 AM  

thanks nan! i'd love to do a contest round up :)

By Blogger modmom, at 8/27/2007 12:51 AM  

I was wondering what ever happened to video telephones like from the Jetson's. That HP computer is coool!

By Anonymous William, at 8/27/2007 1:40 AM  

Great post, modmom!

I love the vintage images!

By Blogger jason67, at 8/27/2007 4:30 AM  

Awesome that videophones are here right on computers. Hewlett Packard makes the best pcs and printers.
Love your blog!

By Anonymous Janie Trudeau, at 8/27/2007 9:36 PM  

Do you have a picture of the touchsmart pc video chat in action?

By Anonymous Celia from Hayward, at 9/10/2007 4:02 PM  

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