“Let’s do video call!”, The phrase wasn’t common up until last 5-6 years. What’s astonishing is that the technology is celebrating 150 years of its existence this year.
Let’s take a ride and see some major developments in the past and what it’s future holds for us.
It was 1870 when the developers were struck with the idea of creating a ‘visual telephone’ out of audio devices, but the actual developments began in late 1920s with the AT&T company (credited for most of the technological developments of the time, I recommend you to Google about it), Bell labs and John Logie Baird (inventor of first colour television).
Let’s stop by some interesting dates in the past and then continue our journey to future :
1935 : The word ‘video’ was coined and before that, the technology was known by the names ‘visual radio’ and ‘sight sound television’ (too scientific, isn’t it!).
1956 : AT&T made first ever two-way video call, transmitting still images every two seconds over regular phone lines.
1976 : A technology, Network Video Protocol (NVP) was born for providing the service to everyday users and not just military and NASA.
1993 : With World Wide Web entering public domain, a significant company, Picture Tel introduced a new product that converted PCs into video phones.
**Video conferencing was not a profitable business in the twentieth century, reason being, high cost, technical shortcomings and lack of availability due to which the concerned companies had to bear huge losses.
2001 : World’s first telesurgery via video conferencing, introducing it to medical field.
In the same year, first live broadcast from war zone in Afghanistan was made by video conferencing.
2011 : Recently popularised , “Zoom” video conferencing application was founded.
2018 : Group video calling got introduced in various platforms like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram.
Talking about the present day scenario, video conferencing has, directly or indirectly, turned out to be a boon for the world economy.
- People are working from home and holding virtual meetings on online platforms.
- Schooling is being carried out through a book sized screen in the study room.
- Entire governments are being run through video conferencing.
- Last but not the least, families are uniting emotionally if not physically, through the platform.
The innovators have always chosen to look forward to advancements, and video conferencing has its own lackings.
Many workers believe that the platform is more exhausting than sitting around a table, for a meeting, as paying attention through camera lens takes more effort.
Like other technologies, video conferencing will also undergo artificial intelligence and AI is expected to make the visual effects more life like by using 3D imaging and will do a lot improvements in audio and video quality along with setting protocols for official meetings on online platforms.
Global video conferencing market reached $3.02B in 2018 and is projected to double by 2026 with an estimated projection of $6.37B.
A lot has been explored in the field and it can be concluded that there is a lot yet to be explored.