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Intriguing 1950s footage shows off one of the world's first video phones

Intriguing 1950s footage shows off one of the world's first video phones
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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of video phones? For me, it brings back memories of the classic animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, "The Jetsons."

That cartoon series originally aired in the early 1960s but was impressively ahead of its time as far as technology goes. It predicted things like video phones, flat screen TVs, talking alarm clocks, robot vacuums, and so much more.

Despite my admiration for "The Jetsons," they, in fact, were not the first to foresee video calling.

Amazing footage depicts early video phone

A couple of decades ago, you might have thought video calling was just a far-fetched dream. However, the advent of smartphones, tablets and home computers have made that dream a reality.

Apps like Skype and FaceTime make it possible to have face-to-face conversations with anyone, anywhere in the world.

That brings us to the following video. This footage from the 1950s actually shows video calling in its very early stages.

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The footage was taken in San Francisco at a Bell Labs office and was part of a newsreel. It showcases a woman using a phone that the narrator says would have cost $5,000 back then. That's roughly $46,000 in today's economy.

The old-school video chat was set up with a dial-phone along with two small screens. One focused on the woman and the other showing the person on the other end of the phone call.

When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that this technology was already being worked on over 60 years ago.

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