Spreecast “allows users to join in on live conversations using video, text, or social media, as well as start their own public or private Spreecast on any topic,” according to the Magnet Labs web site.The video conference of the future has arrived, and it’s every bit as out-of-this-world as a “Star Wars” hologram.One place you won't find Skype much anymore is smart TVs—you may still find it on older models, but after 2016 Microsoft pulled the plug on further development there.Skype is always free to get, and free for calls between Skype users—you don't pay until you layer in extras, some of which are particularly powerful for business users.Skype arrived in Europe in 2003, the brainchild of the guys who once ran file-sharing service Kazaa.It has since been owned by investor groups and e Bay; it's been in Microsoft's hands since 2011.Zothecula writes "Skype has been around for ten years now.Once a science fiction dream, the video calling service has 300 million users making two billion minutes of video calls a day.
Skype: Microsoft's 2011 purchase of Skype let the company bake video conferencing into Xbox One, allowing multi-person chatting, with a wide-angle 1080p lens for collaborative meetings and presentations.
And with forward-thinking companies like Boomtown using Skype for meetings, G Hangouts for webinars and incorporating video chat into all marketing strategies, its apparent that brands that use social media marketing are spending more time on platforms that are advancing in the direction of video.
Facebook’s only chance in the video world is Airtime, a free browser plugin that pulls your list of friends who may want to chat, or Facebook’s Skype integration video chat feature, which you can see here.
Thanks to Canadian researchers who have developed a 3D video conference technology that projects a life-size, 360-degree, real-time holograph version of your video chat partner – whether they’re right next door, or in a galaxy far, far away.
Canadian researchers at the Human Media Lab in Toronto, Canada have introduced a human-scale 3D video conferencing pod.