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Vision (Clip 2, 1993)

This clip from the 1993 concept video Vision demonstrates why the videophone has never caught on.

There is nothing communicated between the characters that necessitates visuals. If the best application of videophone technology you can think of is proving that helicopters exist, there probably isn't a pressing need for the technology.

See also:
Vision (Clip 1, 1993)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)
Writer and Producer of Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future
The Road Ahead: Future Homes (1995)
Starfire (1994)
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (1988)
Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
AT&T "You Will" (1993)

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LOL so elegant

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMathieu

I also noticed that there's nothing she does by voice command that couldn't be done quicker with a mouse and point-and-click. Producing an AI system capable of unambiguously analysing what you say is far harder than just using your hand and eye to do a simple job.

Keith Martin

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One possible use for videophones (often overlooked) is communication between sign language users. Although the deaf sign language users I know prefer webcam - despite jerky frame rates - on MSN and suchlike because it's "free". Perhaps the final nail in the coffin for videophones.

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterscorzonera

Wow, maybe someday *I'll* get to ride in a "helicopter"! The future is so exciting!

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

What I find most interesting is that the turn of the century distrust of heavier-than-air flight is still alive and well in the future.

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Max

If I had to talk to that old bat with video on, she would be able to see me making faces and flipping her the bird. For some reason that might be something you would want to hide from your mother.

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBonnach

Hey honey, I'm taking this HELICOPTER home! See it back there? It really exists! No, I'm not having an affair in a sleazy motel again! Really! You can see the HELICOPTER that I'll be on! It's right behind me! Okay, bye, I love you!

August 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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