They called it “the picture phone device” up until someone decided to change the name, if it were up to me I’d still call it “picture phone”, why? Because it sounds good, back in 1960 things were very different. Look at it this way, traveling from one geographical region to another was not that difficult compared to today.

You didn’t have to go through multiple security checks or go through extreme vetting like some guy is proposing; simply put, many people did not see the need for teleconferencing or picture phone devices. Before teleconferencing became a thing foundations had to be made.  You can say that it all started with the telegraph.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph machine was invented by a mechanic named Samuel F.B Morse’s back 1840; the significance of it was it laid the groundwork needed for teleconferencing and the telecommunication industry as a whole. Its purpose was to connect people over great distances without them having to physically travel.

Soon after the telegraph, came the telephone which was invented by Graham Bell, telephones allowed people to send voice messages from one point to another with ease. In the 60s group, calls were possible through electronic central offices; the problem was it was expensive.

The game changer was fiber optics which replaced copper wire; this made teleconferencing more affordable and led to its rise in popularity.

Audio Teleconferencing

This is where it all started, audio teleconferencing is voice only. In some places it is referred to as a corporate call, back then it was used by businesses or groups to hold meetings. Although it still exists today, it still remains as one of the most underutilized methods of group communication. You can blame the high-speed internet for that.

Teleconferencing Today

Today we have the ability to communicate with whoever we want from wherever on the planet; this is thanks to the internet. There are five types of internet teleconferencing methods today, these are:

  • Internet teleconferencing:
  • Video conferencing:
  • Web conferencing
  • Augmented reality conferencing

The technology mostly used in teleconferencing is known as VOIP (voice over internet protocol) in internet telephony you use this technology every day through apps such as Google talk, Skype, live messenger and yahoo messenger.

Companies and groups use video, web, internet, and sometimes augmented reality conferencing, because these technologies increase efficiency and cuts costs. The thing is modern teleconferencing allows people to hold face to face meetings even if they are not in the same country.

The good thing about holding face to face discussions with someone is it makes it more personal. The benefits you get when you adopt teleconferencing for your business are: lower costs, saves time, and you have access to larger audiences.

Generally, there are three types of teleconferencing devices:

  • Audio conferencing: here you use telephones to communicate verbally
  • Computer conferencing: where you use computers and telecommunication technology
  • Video conferencing: here you can use telepresence systems, integrated room conferencing systems, set-top video conferencing systems or desktop systems.