I remember seeing the demonstration video phones at the 1960s World’s Fair in New York. (Yes, I am THAT old.) There were basically two phone booths back to back and you could see the person in the other one on a small screen while talking to them via a (wired) phone. Today my grandchildren play with each other though 100 miles apart using wireless tablets or phones with a video conference app.
I have a video conference unit on my desk as many of my colleagues do but still people seem far happier to call, IM or email. (I know I don’t have that airbrushed look when you call but am sure I still present an acceptable face. ) I’m sure that this too shall change but how long will it take? It’s been about 50 years since the World’s Fair and I know most of you have the capacity to video connect with anyone in our office right in the palm of your hand – on your smartphone or tablet. So why not give it a try…call and see what we look like at 188.8.131.52. It’s time for the wizard to come out from behind the curtain!