Once the exclusive field of Star Trek, video phone calls are now a really actual part of contemporary life. Cast your mind back to the ‘Friends’ episode when Monica was dating guest star Jon Favreau’s character ‘Pete the millionaire’ and you’ll remember the one where Monica and co had sneaked into Pete’s home, only to be interrupted by a surprise video call. So unprepared for the millionaire’s-only technology were the friends, that Pete had to indicate they all “sucked at hiding” as he revealed them one by one. Nowadays, if you have a pc, or a portable device, you can make a video telephone call. It’s that easy.
In reality, Skype (the program frequently used in making such phone calls) is gratis, remarkably simple to set up and saves you plenty of money on the phone bill. It will even make International phone calls, exactly like that! (I just clicked my fingers, but you can’t see it).
Whilst at Uni, I recollect being woken up early almost every morning by the Taiwanese girl in the room next to me as she got phone calls from her Mum and proceeded to have her sound system on full blast at the same time as they conversed in Mandarin (once my knowledge of basic Mandarin got better, however, they kept it down for fear that I’d snoop). I actually spoke to a different friend of mine who was remaining in America and was able to ‘meet’ her boyfriend’s family (oddly, where my use of Mandarin Chinese language would once again come in useful) without having to get dressed and go to the airport.
I even once had a job interview over Skype. That’s the amount people are using video calls these days.
Well, as you can obviously surmise, Skype (and other video call apps) are now downloadable via your Smart TV. Meaning that you and your friends or family can meet round and converse with other friends and family who might be as much as half a world away. It is an ideal way to keep in touch, conduct business and engage in long conversations without continuously fretting about your telephone bill.
Skype is a kind of Innovation, much like the cell phone (and soon maybe the Smart TV) that it is hard to remember a time without — and I’m only 26. I do not think I even got Skype until about 2008 or so.
Downloading Skype to a big screen TV will allow you to talk to your friends whilst sat on the couch, it will be just like they’re visiting you apart from you do not have to make then tea and so they will not scoff all the Hob Nobs.
Of all the obtainable apps accessible on Smart TV, this is perhaps probably the most universal in its charm and, I think, the most welcome. Over the course of this series, we have seen the Smart TV be a device where whatever you want to watch is actually on, a games system so you’re never bored, a computer, a network that connects you to your friends and family and now it could even take the place of the home phone.
Skype is a fast, enjoyable and interactive way to keep in touch with folks and, when connected with your Smart TV, does not even involve getting up to go to the next room. We can’t say fairer than that. Additionally, it is possible to always phone your mates and tell them they’re on the telly. You’ll receive kick from it, even if they do not quite get what you are on about and why you laugh once they ask ‘what channel?’