Comcast has recently partnered with Skype in order to bring that dream of Tomorrowland into the wide-eyed bliss of Today.
In a move to finally introduce a viable video-calling system into the modern home, Comcast and Skype (who was recently purchased by Microsoft) will be offering a communication service to household television sets sometime in the next year. Soon you will be able to accept and make video calls back and forth between Skype users, just like they’ve been doing for decades in Sci-Fi movies.
The details about how much this service will cost and what additional equipment the customers will need have not been announced, but the concept and enthusiasm for what this will mean for the future of “phone calls” is certainly a generation deep.
For years this concept has been in the collective conscious of the public, and an eagerly anticipated (and equally frustratingly elusive) example of future-tech for anyone who got a taste of it as a child in Disney World’s House of the Future exhibit. But why did it take so long to become reality? The truth is quite simple: Broadband Internet technology.
Over the years there have been attempts to introduce the video phone into wide-spread public use, but all attempts have remained limited or failed completely. This was due in large part to our standard communication lines not being able to handle such large amounts of data that video inherently creates. It is only recently that we have been able to address this issue with high speed connections and use of satellite technology for the general public.
As we continue at the pace we are moving now in technological advances, it seems we might stand a chance at making up for lost time. Flying cars, or robot chauffeurs, however, still seem to be a far ways off. But you can’t say Google isn’t at least trying its hardest…