29 Feb The Future of Video Chat
So much of communication is nonverbal! In face to face conversations, 55% of communication is body language, eye contact and other visual indicators, 38% is the actual sound (tone of voice, speed of the words, pitch, volume, etc.), which leaves all of 7% that makes up the actual words. No matter how accurate emojis try to be in a text message, nothing beats the precision of a direct conversation. That is why video chats are not only popular, but important!
Cameras plus the internet means that we are able to have face to face communication online and through our smart phones. Video chat has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to programs such as FaceTime, Viber, Skype, and Google Hangouts. The future of video chat is likely to be centered on the following:
It is rumored that the second generation of the Apple Watch will include a front facing camera capable of shooting video. Currently the technology supports audio calls but not yet video calls.
This free, popular instant messaging service owned by Facebook is cross platform, meaning that it works on Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows smart phones. As of February 2016 it has over one billion users, making it the most widely used messaging application. Traditionally it is used for text messages, and for sending images and videos, but the next incarnation of WhatsApp is likely to include live video chats.
Group Video Chats
Google Hangout, Skype and Jibe Mobile, among other applications, allow users to set up video chat party lines of multiple members, and other companies are planning to follow suite. The ability to handle group video chats will be vital to businesses and educational institutions.
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Other than being convenient, productive and just plain fun, video chatting has the potential to reduce miscommunications. When the 55%, 38% and 7% of communication is all put together, accuracy is improved!