I remember visiting the Sharper Image store when I was a kid and playing around the video phone. I don’t know if it really was an actual product or just a gimmick. Well, the video phone never really caught on like it was envisioned in the 80’s, but video conferencing is alive and well. I first started dabbling in this five years ago using an external web cam and yahoo chat. In recent time I’ve used skype to video chat with my missionary friend in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Now that I have a Mac, I absolutely love iChat for the 2 or 3 people I use it with(except it’s only available for Mac users… come on Steve Jobs. I’m not drinking your cool aid and your closed and proprietary products don’t impress me, no matter how “great” they are. If Apple was bigger, they would rival Microsoft in evilness – rant done). Then a few weeks ago google launched Google chat. As long as you have a webcam, you can chat via video through gmail. I pretty much always have gmail open on my machine, so it is actually my preferred method of communication with Sara while at work. I get to look at her pretty face while I talk to her. I’ve had a few video chats with Matt McKee as well.

So, if you haven’t tried it yet, you really should.