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The History of the Video Phone

VIDEO PHONE The Forgotten History of Video Communication 1956 The 1956 magazine article "Your Telephone of the Future" accu- rately forecasts that future phone would support “...Direct Touchtone Dialing, ...Audio/Video data com- pression, Voice Recognition and rampant miniaturization." 1956 The first iteration of the video phone could only transmit still pictures and was exhibited at the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1956. One of the major goals of research and development was to create a practical method of transmitting video over existing telephone copper wires. 1957 By 1957, scientists were already transmitting video and were determining which video standards to use (such as specifying which resolution and contrast settings to use) to begin creating a video/telephone prototype. 1964 The final "Picturephone System" included a monitor that contained a WORLD'S FAIR : camera, a receiver, and a loud- speaker as well as a telephone unit that controlled the video-set. The unit debuted in New York's 1964 World's Fair, along with the first color television set and the unveiling of the World Trade Center. 1968 After several public trial runs, the unit received its final iteration as Mod II. Unfortunately, the high cost deterred customers from adopting the video phone units. Subscriptions cost about $169 a month, the equivalent of $1000 after adjusting for inflation. Between 1973 and 1977, customers dwindled from 100 subscribers to just nine. NOW Today's online applications make it easy for us to carry out video chat sessions and video conferences. FUTURE 50. As wearable technology becomes more popular, today's depictions of future communication gadgets replicate many of the same features that mobile-computers have, but with the added advantage of sporting holographic screens, such as this concept iWatch. 8tl'ot 6:30 PR

The History of the Video Phone

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Take a look at the history of the video phone and how it has evolved over the years!


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