Video Telephony, It’s Finally Here: IEEE Spectrum Feature Story


Sometimes I read an article and can’t help thinking, “this is as well written as a good Stephen King novel” (Yes I am a Stephen King “constant reader”). So I felt compelled to pass along this great article that reviews the progression of video phones and the technology that has brought them (finally) to market. The writers, Thomas Weigand & Gary Sullivan have traced the concept as far back as 1878! There were three major obtacles to solve to bring this technology to it’s present usable format: hardware, networking and compression issues. They break down each obstacle and how each was overcome in this easy to understand article.

This in depth article is a “must-read”, rated 4 stars by this reviewer! Read it now.

Do you use a video telephony system at home or work? I’d be lost if I didn’t have Skype to stay in contact with my sister’s family in New Zealand. Tell us about your experiences with video calls below:

3 Responses to Video Telephony, It’s Finally Here: IEEE Spectrum Feature Story

  1. Rhonda said on
    September 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    LOL – I didn’t expect to mentioned in your blog. I also enjoy our Skype chats. I would be broke if I didn’t have Skype to stay in touch with you.

    • Stefanie Rembiszewski said on
      September 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

      Well, the cost savings of video telephony via Skype as the media, is certainly a plus, but seeing a smiling face on the other end when you tell a story or joke is what makes the technology so special!

  2. Teri Kinney said on
    October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Agreed! Skype is the best for keeping in touch with faraway friends and family . . in fact I was just marvelling about it last night as I “Skyped” (yes, it’s also a verb) with my stepdaughter and got to see her new apartment at college!

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