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Video Conferencing is a relatively new technology, though the idea has been around much longer than most might realize. Just take a moment and think back to every futuristic movie that has ever had the concept realized. The idea of movies, or television in general, is even an aspect of a video conference, also known as a videoteleconference. The technology involves both video and sound telecommunications, which assist in the transmission of sgnals over a distance. It sends both the video and sound signal simultaneously, so as to give the impression of an actual conversation. To be able to use the technology, there are certain electronic gadgets which are required in order for the connection to be necessary. However, many of those now come standard with computers, and even cell phones. Though video conferencing is a rather new technology, it is a fairly well-known concept, and has become increasingly easier to get a hold of.




The history of video conferencing technically originates with the development of television, but the idea was first introduced in the 1964 World's Fair by AT&T. However, it wasn't offered to the public until 1970, when it was offered for $160 a month, and all of this was just a picturephone. It was in 1971 where Ericsson demonstrated the first trans-atlantic video telephone call. Since then, there have been multiple developments in which picturephones and video conferencing, as well as videophones, have become less expensive and easier to come by. Even though video conferencing was originally introduced by AT&T, a cell phone company nowadays, it was developed as a tool for businesses. However, now it is used for personal use just as much as it is for business. Every year or so, another advancement in video conferencing software comes out, and only the future will hold the answer to just how far it will go.




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In order for a person to be a part of a video conference, there are both obvious and complex components and software necessary. As for the obvious goes, there is a digital camera, or webcam, and some kind of microphone needed for the interaction. And the complex consist of: usually a LAN (Land Area Network), or internet connection. Next, a person needs some kind of connective software, such as Instant Messaging services; AOL Instant Messager (AIM), Windows Live Messenger, Skype, etc. After creating an account, and making sure the person you want to contact has the same, a connection can be made, and a conference can be held.




The World of video conferencing has revolutionized practically every aspect of modern-day life. From education to business and medicine, streaming video has become a tool close to necessary to contact people immediately. Instructors and Professors can teach class from home. Business meetings can be held in two or more different countries at the same time. There have even been medical operations known to have been performed via video conference. Or, for a more private usage, the family members or significant others of soldiers in another country, or even of everyday people in other states, can get in touch with those they choose. NASA uses it, the President uses it, and now everyone else can too.























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