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Here’s What Skype Was Like In 1947

Here’s What Skype Was Like In 1947

Thanks to tech like Skype, the ability to both see and hear someone across thousands of kilometres is a mundane exercise for most of us here in the early 21st century. But back in 1947, signing a contract over videophone was like looking into the future. Even if that future…

How Bell Labs Almost Put A Videophone In Every Home

How Bell Labs Almost Put A Videophone In Every Home

From the 1950s until the 1970s Bell Labs spent over $US500 million developing the videophone. But the technology failed to achieve mainstream success. Why? Bill Hammack from the University of Illinois has a great video explaining the tremendous promise and eventual demise of the videophone as a standalone appliance in…