There has been a lot of recent discussion about Skype 2.0, what integrating video does for Skype and if it even matters. I have 2.0 beta and am still using it for (just) voice calls.
One thing that occurred to me, though, is that video calls (w/microphone and speaker-enabled cameras) might help reduce what I call the “Skype Scramble”, or for short, “Skrymble”.
If you use Skype (or any other computer / VOIP software), you know what I’m talking about. This is when your computer starts to ring and you start scrambling for your headset. It often goes something like this:
- Computer starts ringing.
- Where is my headset? There it is. Grab it.
- Begin untangling the wires.
- Instant message the caller to say “hold on, I’m untangling my wires.”
- Settle for your wires being hopelessly tangled and crouch close to your computer.
- Answer the call.
- Say “hello” a few times though you cannot hear anything.
- Adjust your headset volume through its built in dial.
- Say “hello” a few more times. Still cannot hear anything.
- Realize your computer volume is too low for voice. Adjust that.
- Now you can hear. Say “hello” again because the caller clearly cannot hear you.
- Flip the “mute” switch on your headset.
- Proclaim success. Apologize.
- Enjoy your free call.
A video camera with integrated mic and audio mitigates this problem, right?
At least if it is plugged in . . . 😉
OK, so maybe I don’t see why Skype 2 matters either.