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The Internet Messenger (IM) software has definitely been a revolutionary product of the Internet, as much Internet has become a product of the century. IM has influenced people’s day to day activities at work. Cutting across geographic distances, people are now more connected to each other. With so many IM products, it’s hard to not use IM.
IM came about the in the 1900s as an instant messaging facility. From being that it now has the capability to embed video and voice too. If you have used Google chat you would know what we are talking about. When in chat, if you place a link of a video URL, the URL instantly becomes a video object embed. Which means you can view the video over chat! Amazing!
Voice chat is a particularly convenient piece of software that allows you privacy while making voice calls. You don’t need to be in a conference room, connected to a multi-speaker VoIP phone, such that everyone hears what you speak. You can now speak to anyone in your own cabin, and privately.
Now coming to video chat. Video chat is the new dimension added to IM. To use the Video Chat facility of your IM software, you need some hardware. You need a webcam, and a speaker headset. The webcam captures your image one a per second basis and streams this information over the Internet. The headset is used to speak to the other person. You will have to sync the rate at which your image travels to the rate at which your voice travels to disallow any interleave delay time.