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The History Of Bell Telephone’s PicturePhone

Today we live in a world where video chat has become the norm, at least among a small portion of the population. But before the 1970s, the dream of video conferencing was considered a pipe dream that kept creeping up in TV shows like the Jetsons and movies like 2001. But before Skype and FaceTime, there was ATT&T’s PicturePhone that was developed at a cost of over $500 million and over a decade of preparation and research. The effort fell flat with a bloated monthly cost and well under 100 users nationally. When that number dwindled to 9 and finally zero, the system was taken out of service. It would take another 20 years before video conferencing found its way to desktop computers and digital mobile devices.