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Video mail 2 ways: Video and typed

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen…but are felt in the heart….Helen

Matt,I think the big inhibitors here are probably more cultural, than technical.Videomail is going to push a level of intimacy that the multi-tasking work may not love: we have to focus directly on those subjects we are communicating to/with. To me, this is the essence of why videomail will ultimately make it: in the cold, lonely reaches of cyberspace, people are looking for more intimate, direct connections with co-workers, friends and families (i.e., this is the heart of why we are moving to the human network, from the network of search and commerce). So for me, videomail, enabled with wireless networking is an act of faith; if you build it, they will come. http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ Read More »

The Beacons are lit – I can read them, but I can’t see ‘em!

Alan… Alan… Alan…‘I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space’ with all of the wireless bandwidth options that I have.Just because people can, does not mean that people will use it! Have you ever heard of the Neiman Marcus Kitchen Computer? I just think about the movie Blade Runner. Harrison Ford had video mail, but I don’t! That’s what I’m looking for. Read More »

Video Mail : The Beacons are Lit and Alan Will Answer

Matt, you must have been in a Wi-Fi Bubble these last few years. People have introduced all kinds of video mail in the last two years, including some of the Mobile Operators. As a colleague Hamada-san from Japan writes in, NTT DoCoMo introduced this capability with its FOMA phones over a year ago. :-> http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/page/20060830a.htmlSo, let me throw down shot number 1-. Read More »

Video Mail – Calling you out Alan Cohen

Last week I took a trip that went through my favorite airport in the United States, Denver International Airport. While we were taxiing I turned on my cell phone, and it immediately let me know I had messages. So I checked my voice mail and listened to messages from my co-workers, my boss, my tax guy, and my girlfriend. I also had a bunch of emails that needed my immediate attention. So I booted up my laptop, and began to read them. I was thinking about my girlfriend and wondering why I couldn’t *see* her message to me. It seems that the following is in place: 1) We have faster and faster wireless links (WIFI, GSM, 1xRTT, 3G, 4G, etc.).2) Camera technology is really cheap (how often do you see a phone without a camera in it)?3) Storage is now relatively cheap -- the cost to store 1 Mbps of data is much less than it used to be. 4) We can convert speech to text (My IBM laptop has dictation to text capabilities built in) So why the heck isn’t video-mail widely available? Why isn’t it a mainstream app? Read More »