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Thanks to logan607 for sharing this collection of AT&T's iconic TV ads from 1993 about technology that seemed wildly futuristic 16 years ago -- and nearly all of it seems second nature now.

Recognize the voice? Took me a minute.

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logan607 From: logan607 Date: November 24th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the shoutout!

Y'know, I was on Mitchell Ave when these came out. I remember distinctly watching it on our HUGE 27" television.

Huge, I tell ya...

chesther From: chesther Date: November 24th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting how much of that is, in fact, commonplace now. Really, the only one I can think of that isn't there is "tucking your baby in from a phone booth", but that's only because the phone booth has effectively died. A video call from your smartphone is totally doable, tho.

I wasn't able to place the voice, though.
jccohen From: jccohen Date: November 24th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
most people don't open doors with voice prints.
aylinn From: aylinn Date: November 24th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's Tom Selleck.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: November 24th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. 90% of what they talk about is commonplace, now, and the other 10% is pretty much just waiting for some last kinks to be worked out, or some infrastructure to improve. Video calling, for example, is still not very common, although it's certainly possible. And carrying around one's own medical history is theoretically possible, but not commonly done, and of course there's all kinds of legal tangles about medical records privacy.

Using a tablet to demonstrate faxing from the beach also isn't quite so common, because tablets haven't really taken off, but again, it's possible, some people undoubtedly do it, and Apple may be about to finally crack the "tablet problem".

I think the only tech I see here that I don't really *want* to see really happen is the voiceprint lock. There is nothing as useless as a lock with a voice print...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 24th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Pretty much skipped over by RFID proximity technology. In fact, I would love to have a prox sensor on my door at home that would unlock it.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: November 24th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The prox sensor idea would be easy peasy. I mean, it's already being done, increasingly commonly, for cars, the Prius being the most notable example. In the high end 2004-2009 Prius, and all 2010 Priora, the remote is active-wireless. Standing next to the car and putting your hand on the handle is all that's necessary to open it; sitting in the car with the fob in your pocket is all that's needed (along with the Start button) to start it.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 24th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, I'm pretty sure all of the car versions of proximity entry are Bluetooth-based, and so require a powered fob that must be big enough for a battery. The advantage of RFID is that you don't have to carry a battery with you. That's what's on the parking garage gate here, and on many building and secured-area doors. No reason I couldn't have a home version if I wanted to spring for it.
belindashort From: belindashort Date: November 24th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
though I wouldn't mind a version that just sorta discreetly scanned fingerprints either
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 24th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wouldn't you rather the thief insisted on taking your wallet instead of your hand?
belindashort From: belindashort Date: November 24th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
nope, I'd rather him not know thats what it took to get into my car.

If he got in, started it and it hadn't read my print, it could alert the cops.
belindashort From: belindashort Date: November 24th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just talking about this yesterday. I wish this were already in place. I want an implant LOL
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 24th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't need an implant. :-P I figure letting the door read the card in my pocket works just as well and probably costs a bit less!
belindashort From: belindashort Date: November 24th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I wouldn't want the card to get stolen and have someone have access to my car.

They'll have to drag my dead body up to it instead.

Same with the house entry. :P
ruhe From: ruhe Date: November 25th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is why all security implementations of those have a dead finger/dead iris feature built in... So basically, killing you or something bad won't work. :)
warrior_bride From: warrior_bride Date: November 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tom Selleck. I remember seeing these [commercials] when they were NEW!
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: November 25th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
With some reasonable adjustments (fax? phone booth?), I'd say all of these are possible right now, even if some aren't common-place.

But how many were brought to us by AT&T?
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

More Trivia...

I remember these vividly -- how cool it all seemed. Someone already noted that it's Tom Selleck's voice, but does anyone recognize the woman calling to tuck her baby in? (Scroll down after the sig for the answer.)

-- Chuck

Chuck La Tournous

Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg, etc.
mistressarafina From: mistressarafina Date: November 26th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More Trivia...

I was just about to post that Chuck. :D
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