Our Road to CES 2011: Volume V – Skype


2010 has been quite the year for many different types of technology. We’ve touched on tablets galore–so why not shift our focus to Video chatting. Sure, video chatting has been around for quite some time (a la iChat, Skype, MSN Messenger, etc.) but never as commercialized as when it was announced for the iPhone 4 in a new form called Facetime.

Since Facetime’s announcement and subsequent release in the iPhone 4, we’ve seen it spread to the iPod Touch and finally, on the Mac itself–albeit, in beta form. Video chat is rapidly expanding through the ease of Facetime, and other platforms are either becoming more and more interested, or evolving their already released technology, such as Skype.

Skype has yet to incorporate video chat into their mobile platform, but that’s all expected to change come CES 2011. Skype is going to be talking at one of the conference’s seminars, entitled “Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime,” raising expectation for a video version of their already successful desktop/mobile chat. In addition, a webpage magically appeared via Skype with an FAQ entitled “How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone.”

The question we pose today is…will Skype attempt to contend with the likes of FaceTime, or, attempt to incorporate the Facetime format into their technology, ¬†instantly attracting new users to Skype that perhaps weren’t there before?