Historic Photos: Skype - not so new

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The Datapoint MINX (Multimedia Information Network eXchange) from the early 1980s -- nearly 20 years before Skype was launched.

A video screen was attached to the workstation and the user dialled the other participants for a long-distance conference on a device like a push-button phone. Their voice activated the picture on all the screens.

According to a press release the MINX was “an advance which could mean an end to tedious international travelling, where executives shuttle from car to airliner to hotel conference and back.”

Each workstation cost £12,000. Identifier: CW-TELECONF-001

See Historic Photo March 2019: A colour computer and women in computing

See also Book of the Month for March 2019 Algol programming manuals

Each month TNMOC curators highlight an image from the Computer Weekly photo collection held at the museum. The collection contains about 10,000 images of computer scenes and equipment. A selection of images and a link to the catalogue is on the TNMOC Flickr account.

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