Are you using Skype for video calling? Or is it Face Time? Video calling is likely to be the big thing in the next three to four years to become more main stream. We are already late. People who watched Star Trek in the nineteen sixties had already anticipated that video calling would be default by now. From all the science fiction futuristic scenes, it would seem that video calling is the most likely thing of the future that will become a norm in the society.
As per a survey, sixty three million people have used video calling on a regular basis in the past year. This is likely to rise by five times in the next five years. Driven by services such as Skype on the personal computers, Face Time on the iOS mobile handsets and Microsoft’s Kinect in your living room, more and more people are connecting face to face than just ear to ear.
There are benefits to video calling for just about anybody. A father would much rather see his children when he calls at night while travelling than just hearing their voices on the phone. Video calling spans miles and lets family and friends actually see each other instead of just talking to each other. Of course, if you just got out of the shower, or if you are driving hundred miles per hour down the highway, video calling is probably not a fascinating notion.
Video conferencing has existed as a business tool for years. Business travel is costly and time consuming. It involves airfare, rental cars and hotels. It puts a strain on marriages, and families. It eats up time just getting from one point to another point which could otherwise be put to productive use. As cool as video calling is becoming for consumers, for businesses it represents a significant tool for reducing costs and improving productivity.
We are still at least a few years away from video calling being truly mainstream and many more years than that away from video calling surpassing audio calling as the default method of communication.