January 4, 2007
A GOOD IDEA, BUT MAYBE NOT THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE THOUGHT OF IT.
I was reading a piece the other day about rigging up web cams in older peoples homes and in their far away children’s homes together with screens for the purpose of having a virtual dinner together. Here is the location of the article. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/297302_virtualdinner28.html
The dual purpose would be to relieve the loneliness of the older person and also to check up virtually on his or her well-being. I think they said it would cost two thousand dollars to get it up and going. A good idea mostly, after privacy issues are addressed. Cutting edge technology, right? Sure it is, but look at this cover of April 1924 Radio News, isn’t that a doctor communicating with his young patient using web cams? It’s a little Buck Roger-ish for its day, and not technically ready for the retail stores and us to use, but eighty-three years later it looks like its going on the market.