Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why Picturephones Never Took Off

The technology to broadcast video alongside a telephone call has existed for decades. Indeed, data transmission in the form of faxes actually predate telephones, and that's before you think about telegraphs. 
And yet, picturephones were always kind of a sideshow, trotted out at World's Fairs and expositions, never really taking off.
Maybe if they had turned the camera around...