DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that it would cost you at least $16 for a three-minute video call back in 1964? This was the time when the Bell company premiered the Picturephone at the World's Fair in New York. This item would serve as the earliest prototypes for video-calling technology. This was a major breakthrough for communication at that time. However, this process required special wiring to work so it wasn't going to work with the existing U.S. telephone network system. Fast forward today, we have all kinds of video call apps for Android or whatever platform you are using. This time around, it is way less expensive and even free sometimes. The picture quality for these video calls is also better than ever.
The online video chat revolution chat was booming by the mid-2000s'. Credit this to the rise of free software, innovative PCs, and widespread broadband. By 2003, all the major instant messaging clients supported video calling. From then on, communicating has not been as monotonous as before. People did find satisfaction in being able to stream their calls with their loved ones using free call apps. Together with the rise of social media over the last decade, video calling had crept in under the noses of the world. The technology of video calls as it is now is already impressive and high-quality. However, it is not surprising if it gets even better in the future. All thanks to a younger generation that saw video as a new communications paradigm, one that is far from the traditional concept of the Picturephone.