Bank of America has announced a new service that will allow ATM customers to conduct video chats with remote tellers while banking.
Video chat was supposed to be the future, but even a celebrity-endorsed service like Airtime is failing to woo the masses. Bandwidth and hardware aren't the problem, so maybe it's the notion of having to be "camera ready" that's stalling the space. Docomo's new video chat glasses may offer a solution.
HDTV-based video telephony has always been a holy grail of sorts. It's such a natural milieu for video chatting — big screen to get a broad view of the whole fam damily and all that. But no TV-based video telephony system has been taken off, for one reason: You always had to buy two gadgets to attach to your HDTV to video telephonate, one for you and one for whomever you wanted to video telephonate with. What we want is to video telephonate as we do on our laptops and desktop PCs, with anyone anytime, regardless of the HDTV we own and regardless of the video telephony gadget we have connected to it (if any). Several recent developments — and a future trend too long in the unveiling — may expand this limited HDTV video telephony landscape and jump-start our (I believe) latent desire to WANT to video telephonate via our HDTVs.
Facebook and Skype sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. The rumors were true, Facebook and Skype are partnering up to double down on bringing the king of video chat to the king of social networks.
Video chatting with friends and family on your smartphone was a huge trend last year, with some thinking it would replace regular forms of communication. But now that Skype video chat is available on smartphones, what's the point of putting out a public video chat booth?
When you were a kid, how often did you bother to thank your parents for making lunch for you? Ever? At the Interaction 2011 conference on March 10, a Japanese research group demonstrated this lunch box that records your mom or dad making lunch for you, and then records you enjoying it for them. Aww!
Recall that a help support document that made its way out early already foretold of Skype bringing video chat to its iOS app. The app is now live.
The iPhone 4's front-facing camera was supposed to overhaul video chat and make it a new communication standard. Six months later and we haven't used it more than once. At last, Skype, the VoIP company that literally made video chat a household term will be bringing its video chatting services to the iPhone 4.
*Free as in fring itself is a free app and you don't incur extra fees for using video calling. All the other happy iPhone-related fees apply. So, here's a neat trick: with fring, you can already manage multiple instant messaging...