In the movie 2001: Space Odyssey there is a scene where a video call is made by a father to his daughter the day before her birthday. The movie was off on a couple of things including video calls by about 5 or 6 years but nonetheless the future is here.
On Christmas this year, we used the iPad 2 to allow my family in Arkansas to participate in our Christmas morning. As long as someone on the other end has a Mac or iDevice with Facetime available on it you too can make a “video call”.
We opened gifts and were able to see my little niece’s delight while watching us open our gifts. 2011: Space Odyssey Christmas was a success.