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GoToMeeting™. Skype. Zoom. Everyone knows the names of these popular video meeting platforms. All had their genesis at the 1968 New York World’s Fair where AT&T® introduced their Picturephone. It offered the promise of video chatting with far off friends and business associates, but actually did little more than demonstrate a concept. The device was incredibly expensive, clunky to set up, and difficult to use.

More than a decade later, the technology improved to the point where video conferencing became a practical possibility, but even in the early 90s the per-system price was still $250,000. Today, the ubiquitous availability of reliable networks combined with huge leaps in compression technology have finally made video conferencing no more expensive or difficult than a phone call.

 

And that happened just in time.   Continue Reading