365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 12 -- Video Chat

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  In the cartoon, The Jetsons, face-to-face video chats were common, while for us it only started picking up pace the last few years.  in late 1998 a few co-workers and I was working on a video chat program called Global Video Chat. The picture quality was ok at about 600x800 resolution and not as beautiful right now. It took about 40-50% of a computer using a Intel Pentium III and was running on a 56K modem. DSL started to roll out to the public a few months later which help speed up the video chat. Still not many laptops have enough processing power for video chat and there wasn't too much of a demand, so few programs were develop.

Video Chats

  Video chat became popular the last few years. Portable video cameras that can be added to a computer can be pick up for about $20. More powerful computer hardware and software that allow better compression and lesser computer resource drain. Apple have a video camera on all its laptops, iMacs, iPod Touch, and iPhones (except iPads, oh why) and have available installed software for a smooth video chat. The new iPhone 4 have face-to-face chat, which many other phone companies are copying.

  What is so great about video chats? Imagine being able to preview a home and letting your buyers see what you are seeing while they are at home or work. Being able to see your out-of-state relative's faces while you talk to them. Going to virtual training without driving to a physical campus. Working from home. There are many possibilities and it does not cost alot ranging in about $200 for a camera kit to get started.

  Do you believe that video chat will become very common in the future like cell phones? Or will it fade away like the beepers?

Comments (3)

Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Video Chats are the way to go. Technology is a step ahead and realtors(r) should embrace the change, Song - including video chats.

Dec 27, 2010 08:23 PM
Tom Priester
Paradise Sharks - Jupiter, FL
Paradise Sharks

Video chats are certainly growing in popularity. Apple has been a driving force with most of their hardware capable of providing this service.

Dec 27, 2010 08:28 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Song, good question, I believe there are better programs than viedo chat on the drawing board, it will fade away.

Dec 27, 2010 08:42 PM