ARTICLE SUMMERY: “WATCH THE FIRST VIDEOCONFERENCE, WHICH TOOK PLACE 50 YEARS AGO TODAY” is a look back in time to the beginnings of what would eventually lead to our Star Trek like flip phones and todays smart phones.

HARRY MCCRACKEN gives us a glimpse into that era in communication history and the culture of the 1960s and 1970s, and while the Picturephone was a success technologically he shows us why it failed commercially.

This article contains the video of the first Picturephone call made in 1970 giving you a greater appreciation for the cell phones of today.

It is a look back that gives us the appreciation for the technological advantages we have today, let us know what you think in the comments.