With the global culture in existence nowadays, people are now communicating with each other over increasingly large distances, whether for business purposes or for personal ones. Originally, this communication was done by letter, which would take weeks and sometimes months to get from one place to another. As technology went advancing, the telephone became the primary tool of long-distance communication. Then came e-mail and instant messaging, which stay with us to this day. However, that only supplements the written word of the person that you are communicating with. What if you want to see this person face to face in real time? Well, you’re in luck. There are quite a few systems of telecommunication available.
As you may have noticed, many computers now come with a little thing called a webcam built into them. This small camera is usually located on the top edge of the screen portion of a laptop, and is made to capture both still shots and film sequences. This enables a person to broadcast their image in real time to another, as well as to take pictures with it. And even if you don’t have a built in webcam on your computer, take heart. It is virtually just as easy to use an external one. Plus, those can have higher resolution than the built-in ones.
Of course, to use a webcam, you need a program that will interact with it. Luckily, there are a myriad different programs and applications that will enable you to do so. For example, the extremely popular internet phone service Skype. Though originally designed a a phone and chat program, Skype now features an option that allows video calls to be made. What’s more, it allows conference video calls; that is, video calls that involve more than just two people. Also, most SMS services, such as Yahoo! Messenger, carry this service built in.
If messengers aren’t quite your cup of tea, you can always look in utilizing VOIP phone services. Having a VOIP service system will enable you to connect with your friends or family all over the world. This way you won’t need a direct phone line and instead just a internet connection from wherever you are. If you are unsure of where to find these services.
Even our gadgets now have this possibility. The recent batch of smartphones, both Android and iOS based apps, can involve video calling in real time. The iPhone was one of the first smartphones to incorporate this technology, and remains one of the best phones to do so. The iPad, though not actually a smartphone, has a similar feature. The receiving camera is placed by the screen, so you can actually look into it while you perform the video call.
These are just a few of the options available nowadays. And, as the times progress, you can expect to see more of these features popping up elsewhere.