Video Conferencing has been around for a few decades. Its become economical within the last decade. Some people use it to chat a bat online, but all in all it hasn’t been adopted by the masses.

When will this technology really take off? It definitely hasn’t reached a tipping point yet despite the advance of VOIP systems, which are popping up in more corporate areas even. However, video conferencing just hasn’t achieved that necessity, not even for many telecomuters. There was a time when most people didn’t have cell phones and even a time when those that had them would only use them in limited conversations. This is very similar to the plight of the web cam. A few people have them and not everyone uses them.

Microsoft has anounced a webcam that is supposed to make chatting easier(see article excerpt at bottom). Now I didn’t realize that this was hard even, but I don’t use one myself. I’ve got about 3-4 webcams in the closet that I’ve purchased over the years, tried out with relatives or friends once or twice and then left them sitting, until a computer upgrade forced me to recognize that I’d wasted another $50 on gadgets that just weren’t useful.

So what about your O reader of Maven Mapper’s, what say you? What will it take for a web cam to come into its own?

Microsoft Gets Chatty With New Webcams – Microsoft Informer – Blog – CIO: “The Webcams come bundled with LifeCam Dashboard software, which lets the user zoom, tilt and pan the Webcam. An optional software service called ‘One-Touch Blogging’ automatically publishes pictures free to the user’s blog on Microsoft’s MSN Spaces. After the LifeCam snaps a picture, the software automatically logs a user in to MSN Spaces and posts the picture as a new blog entry, Cowan said. Users can add text to the photo blog entry before publishing it.”