Video Mail – Calling you out Alan Cohen

April 5, 2007 - 0 Comments

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?I want myI want myI want my Vid-Mail Please Let’s face the facts, wireless fuels both applications and mobility; the more applications and mobility that we have, it forces the need for even more wireless bandwidth. It is a beautiful circle isn’t it? But the most core application, email, was created when we had 0k CIR frame relay links and you were stoked if you even had an internet connection. My cell phone has more bandwidth and applications than most 1992 internet-enabled business. My ideal video mail applicatoin would know which connection gave me the best bandwidth at the best price, and download my vid-mail. If I was in an area where the vid-mail didn’t have adequate bandwidth, then it would convert the sender’s speech to text, and I could get good old-fashioned email. When I was a kid, if someone called you out, it meant that they were challenging you to a fight after school. I’m “calling out” Alan Cohen on this. After thinking about it over I’ve come up with a caucaphony of reasons why it hasn’t and probably hasn’t and won’t happen. I’m going to leave it up to Alan to tell me why it will happen. … If he’ll take me up on the challenge.

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