Video Conferencing has been steadily progressing over the last 50 years.
The first ever Video Conferencing device was introduced in the 1960’s by AT&T. They produced a device that allowed an individual to not only hear the person they were talking to, but see them as well. It was a breakthrough invention, but it still needed some adjustments before going on the market. The device was not only slow, but also difficult to use. The display contained a small screen with objects that were barely viewable, along with controls that were difficult to operate. This device was a frustration, very expensive, and for many years was only available to the creators of the technology. Eventually, private sectors of the business world were able to use this new technology, but the cost was still too high to introduce the technology to the public.
Because the inventors desired the market for this new technology to expand, they continued to work on ways to make the technology more affordable and efficient. Other companies decided to also try and improve the technology established by AT&T by developing their own systems. In the 1980’s, companies such as Compression Labs and PictureTel started introducing Video Conferencing packages to large businesses. The world had established enough technology to allow any business to Video Conference, but the cost was still too high. However on the bright side, a breakthrough had been made.
Additional companies started to join in the race to invent the best Video Conferencing technology at an affordable price. Soon thereafter, in 1992, Macintosh presented a Video Conferencing system called CU SeeMe v0.1 for the personal computer. This system contained the video component of the Video Conferencing system, but did not include the audio. However, this was the best video system that had ever been invented. Macintosh quickly developed the audio part of the technology and released the new system in 1994. This technology was only available to Macintosh users, so individuals from Microsoft worked around the clock to develop a system compatible with Windows. By 1996 Video Conferencing was available to not only the business world, but also anyone who had a personal computer, Macintosh and Windows.
By 2000, Samsung had released a video cell phone that allowed users to view media simultaneously with a Video Conference call. Video Conferencing was now affordable for the general public. The world of Video Conferencing has evolved tremendously since the 1960’s and is continuing to advance to this day.
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