The original Picturephone
joined the AT&T Street Charge unit for a first-hand look at how far communications technology has come over the past five decades.
Tely Labs, a maker of videoconferencing system has partnered with global visual communications distributor PicturePhone
Inc, to supply its advanced videoconferencing products and accessories to the channel.
Although managed by one of the most brilliant members of the Labs, John Pierce, the satellite communication program was doomed when the federal government decided to create COMSAT in 1962, excluding AT&T The Picturephone
seemed to be the future of business and ultimately residential service, after Bell Labs' success in reducing the costs of what were originally elite services, but the service never reached a critical mass of users.
That meant videophones, primarily the AT&T Picturephone
, required a lot of bandwidth and bit transmission relative to the networks available.
Founded in 1993 in Rochester, NY, PicturePhone
is one of the world's largest Value Added Distributors of videoconferencing products and accessories, offering an extensive array of audio and video conferencing solutions, AV integration and advanced technical assistance.
He backs up his theory with breezy accounts of such fiascos as the 1956 Picturephone
, Interactive TV, Iridium and Globalstar, tablet PCs, DEC's Alpha chip, ISDN, and electronic exchanges.
Visitors could make a telephone call to nearby booth and see the people conversing with them on the PicturePhone
All-purpose personal communicator systems geared to societies "on the go" involve multifunctions: cell phone, e-mall capability, PC, Web surfer, fax, video-television, picturephone
, AM-FM radio, global positioning system, etc.
The airline Kubrick envisioned running the lunar shuttle, Pan Am, has more or less gone the way of the dinosaurs, and the Bell Picturephone
a scientist used to ring up his daughter is a gadget most consumers have decided really isn't worth it.
service introduced between New York, Chicago and Washington.
, Nimslo's 3D camera, and Polaroid's instant home movie system, Polavision, are all innovations that failed for lack of demand.
At the 1964 World's Fair in New York, AT&T displayed its Picturephone
, but manufacturing such a product for widespread use just wasn't practical at that time.