|Last week, Appleâ€™s announcement of the iPhone 4 with FaceTime video calling capabilities brought the videophone back to the forefront of the mediaâ€™s attention. Steve Jobsâ€™ keynote made it sound like FaceTime will bring video phone calls to consumers for the first time. But the idea of a two-way communications device that transmits pictures as well as sound is as old as the phone itself.|
Economic factors have kept it out of the average consumerâ€™s reach until the last few decades, and the public has repeatedly greeted the conceptâ€"in stand-alone form, at leastâ€"with apathy. Still, inventors and dreamers keep coming back to the notion that the videophone is the way of the future.
Letâ€™s take a stroll through videophone history to find out where things went wrongâ€"and rightâ€"and how we got to the iPhone 4 and its rivals.
Alexander Graham Bell owns.
That is all.