Bernie Goldbach in Cashel | Facetime Moment from my photostream
I WAS NOT a big fan of video calling until I started using Facetime and Hangouts. I'm now a routine user.
We use Facetime to hook up with family an ocean away. We use Hangouts to push along projects. But if you believe prominent voices in the tech press, both technologies have a low adoption rate and both add little value to the smartphone. That's an incorrect value statement but probably an accurate assessment of the adoption rate.
I get a lot out of face-to-face taskings. Something about seeing the person gives a greater imperative to getting things done. With one simple tap, I can kill the video signal and reduce the call to pure audio. That's the preferrered option for people caught in pajamas on a bad hair day.
I use Sony's cameraphone handsets because their dual microphones switch to the position of the camera so listeners get sounds from the rear camera when that's selected and they get the voice of the caller when the front-facing camera is active. It will be interesting to see if these dual microphones are tuned for Skype calls when that program starts shipping with Windows 8 tablets.
I'm going to continue testing Facetime, Google Hangouts and Skype during the fall semester in the Limerick Institute of Technology's Emerging Trends module, helping students to develop a comfortable personalcasting style.
Protip: "Facing the Camera" on Inside View, October 1, 2010.
Bonus Link: "Handheld Reporting" on Inside View, April 2, 2011.
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