History Main / Videophone

25th Nov '16 11:08:11 AM nombretomado
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* AustinPowers has one in his car. Very helpful for [[MisterExposition Basil Exposition]] to talk to him.

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* AustinPowers Film/AustinPowers has one in his car. Very helpful for [[MisterExposition Basil Exposition]] to talk to him.
9th Nov '16 11:34:45 AM nombretomado
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* Frequently seen in ''TheJetsons'', fitting the show's RaygunGothic aesthetic. The drawbacks are sometimes used for laughs such as the women have morning masks which are supposed to be quickly put on in case of calls coming in before they have made themselves up.

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* Frequently seen in ''TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', fitting the show's RaygunGothic aesthetic. The drawbacks are sometimes used for laughs such as the women have morning masks which are supposed to be quickly put on in case of calls coming in before they have made themselves up.
8th Nov '16 10:36:06 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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->''It was a perennial technology of the future...But then out of nowhere the videophone was suddenly just here."

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->''It was a perennial technology of the future... But then out of nowhere the videophone was suddenly just here."
17th Oct '16 6:26:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''MadMagazine'' once did an article showing pulldown backdrops - a glamorous resort one at a fleabag motel to con clients, a sickroom backdrop at the ballpark for calling your boss, an office one at the bar for calling your wife, and so on...

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* ''MadMagazine'' ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' once did an article showing pulldown backdrops - a glamorous resort one at a fleabag motel to con clients, a sickroom backdrop at the ballpark for calling your boss, an office one at the bar for calling your wife, and so on...
1st Sep '16 6:28:28 AM LondonKdS
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* These were one of the few indications that most of the Jon Pertwee ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories were meant to be TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.

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* These were one of the few indications that most of the Jon Pertwee early-1970s ''Series/DoctorWho'' UNIT stories were meant to be TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
1st Sep '16 6:27:12 AM LondonKdS
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* Business video conferencing systems, that record video and sound of an entire meeting room and project it on a big screen to allow people at other locations to join in.
30th Aug '16 7:55:04 AM Jaro7788
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Despite this constant attention and the relative simplicity of the technology involved (Alexander Graham Bell himself talked about the possibility), lack of consumer interest kept it from going anywhere; the honest truth was that it seemed that despite all the sci-fi attention it received, the public didn't really ''want'' videophones, at least not at any significant price. They only became broadly successful in the modern era once they became a secondary feature of mainstream computer technology, and even then, many would argue they remain little more than a novelty [[TheInternetIsForPorn outside of the porn business]] and people in long-distance relationships.

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Despite this constant attention and the relative simplicity of the technology involved (Alexander Graham Bell himself talked about the possibility), lack of consumer interest kept it from going anywhere; the honest truth was that it seemed that despite all the sci-fi attention it received, the public didn't really ''want'' videophones, at least not at any significant price.price (apparently, those who wanted to see video phones in common use didn't bother to consider the fact that having the other person not being able to see your facial expression or any rude gesture you might feel like showing is arguably one of the more useful features of a regular phone). They only became broadly successful in the modern era once they became a secondary feature of mainstream computer technology, and even then, many would argue they remain little more than a novelty [[TheInternetIsForPorn outside of the porn business]] and people in long-distance relationships.
24th Aug '16 8:28:42 AM VicGeorge2011
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* Alan Ayckbourn's sci-fi play ''Henceforward'' features a video phone, though it's never answered; people just leave messages.


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* Alan Ayckbourn's sci-fi play ''Henceforward'' features a video phone, though it's never answered; people just leave messages.
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18th Jul '16 7:59:10 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TheCrazies'' (original). A video link is set up with the President of the United States so he can, if required, authorize the use of nuclear weapons to contain the virus. As the President spends the entire conversation [[InvisiblePresident sitting with his back to the camera]], one wonders why George Romero didn't just have him talking over a telephone speaker.

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* ''Film/TheCrazies'' (original).(1973). A video link is set up with the President of the United States so he can, if required, authorize the use of nuclear weapons to contain the virus. As the President spends the entire conversation [[InvisiblePresident sitting with his back to the camera]], one wonders why George Romero didn't just have him talking over a telephone speaker.
18th Jul '16 7:58:01 AM JackG
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* These are used in the original ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]'' a lot. In the movie, talking to someone on Mars was as easy as phoning them up on Earth. In fact, Cohaagen (when on Mars) uses his vid phone to call Richter (on Earth) without any technical difficulties.

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* These are used in the original ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]'' a lot. In the movie, talking to someone on Mars was as easy as phoning them up on Earth. In fact, Cohaagen (when on Mars) uses his vid phone to call Richter (on Earth) without any technical difficulties. Until Richter pulls the FakeStatic trick, blaming sunspot interference.
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