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Nowadays, video-collaboration is fundamentally changing the internal and external workflow within business entities, enabling a flexible meeting structure. The workstyle shifts away from days that involved more traveling for having in-person gatherings. With a history of nearly 150 years, video-conference became a solution that brings people closer, no matter the time, space, or device. As a communication tool, it is cost-saving, practical, and functional, offering a healthier work-life balance.

For this reason, Hypermedia focused from the very beginning on cloud computing, big data, creating video collaboration tools, multimedia interactive systems as well as mobile development, and web platforms. However, one of our today’s most popular products was launched at a time when the national market was not yet ready to embrace it. Sometimes, for innovation to take place, it needs the right background to develop.

This was the case of HyperTalk, which represents a video collaboration framework that was made public in 2012. Even though the idea just started to blossom, in 2013 HyperTalk already got a place in the top 100 Red Herring Europe, being considered a promising telecommunications product. During these years, the company kept a constant focus on the market’s needs in different fields, from healthcare, education & training, to HR, sales, IT, or consultancy. So HyperTalk is now suitable for any individual or business entity offering various advantages, as we have shown here.

Hype your career and your business through white labeling

Worldwide, video-conferencing became an independent way of co-working as it managed to create an environment similar to a classical face-to-face interaction. It was still in 2012 when HyperMedia began implementing the white label feature to the HyperTalk app. Compared to the other options available on the market, HyperTalk is more than a regular smart video tool service. You can purchase it and choose the white label option, which can turn your business into a success. We can customize it to answer any business needs, from logo, colors, domain to and any other functionalities desired. The white label term is mostly used in the software industry and represents a product or service produced by one company, that can be sold under another company’s name.

Going for a white label output implies a different type of partnership where the product is ready-made, and there is no need for the seller to invest in more testing, research, or development. It is not wrong to want to start creating from scratch, but you need to be aware of your business needs and the market’s demands. If the software does not represent your field of interest, investing money into something that already exists might mislead you and postpone your chances of success.

From the first web camera to owning a video-collaboration tool

Along the time, innovation followed its path, as research never stopped. We believe in the power of research and the positive outcome that comes with it. We talk around 150 years of technology evolution and, more precisely, about the video concept development and its synchronization with audio features. Hence, to highlight the fact that having your video-collaboration tool is the next step to innovation, we suggest a shortlist of events that stay as a foundation for the video call as we know it today.

  • In 1964 the first transcontinental video call is made by AT&T Bell Labs. They launched Mod I Picturephone at the World’s Fair in New York City. [1]
  • In 1967 takes place the first known use of video conferencing.
  • In 1989 the World Wide Web is created by Sir Tim Berners Lee, who shared his vision in a document named “Information Management: A Proposal”. [2]
  • In 1991 the first webcam is invented by Cambridge University students who meant to spy on a coffee pot. [3]
  • In 1992 the first free video conferencing app, CU-SeeMe is launched by Cornell University IT department (up to 30 people at once could connect).
  • 1994 brings the first commercial webcam named The Connectix QuickCam.
  • 1995 is the year when the largest multi-point global dial-up video conference conducted by PictureTel takes place. [4]
  • In 1996 Microsoft launches NetMeeting (a way of performing video conferences and chatting over the internet).
  • 1997, 1998, and 1999 are the years of chatting, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger are released. [5]
  • 2000 represents the boom of video conference and the First MPEG-4 streaming 3G video cellphone is launched by Samsung.
  • In 2001 the first world telesurgery, “Operation Lindbergh” [6] takes place and CNN uses satellite video conferencing for their first live broadcast from Afghanistan’s war zone.
    In 2002 Apple releases iChat.
  • In 2003 Skype offers a 25 person video call option through internet access. [7]
  • In 2004 Lifesize has the world’s very first HD video conferencing call. [8]
  • In 2005 Google Talk is launched and iPod Video is released.
  • In 2008 Facebook Chat is released.
  • In 2009 WhatsApp is released. [9]
  • In 2010 Viber introduces video calling (5 person limit).
  • In 2011 Zoom video conferencing is founded.
  • In 2012 Apple introduces on market FaceTime use through cellphone.
  • In 2013 British explorer Daniel Hughes makes the highest-ever video call on Mount Everest, at 29,029 above sea level. [10]
  • In 2015 WeChat adds group video calls up to 9 users.
  • In 2016 Facebook introduces group video chat and Slack adds group video calls up to 15 people.
  • In 2018 WhatsApp adds group video calling in September up to 4 people, Snapchat adds the same feature in April up to 16 people, Instagram does the same with up to 4 users.

Looking at the bigger picture, it shows that most developments on video communication came from the American giants. However, it is not wrong to admit that their immediate success was also built on the grounds of their economic power. Nonetheless, this series of events show that after 2000, the need for video-collaboration increases, and more and more social apps are receiving this feature. HyperMedia also felt this urgency in virtual collaborations and designed a framework that would work precisely towards this goal from 2012 up to now. By thinking ahead and building an app for the brained workplaces, 2020 is the year when any business can own their video-collaboration tool.

HyperTalk’s White Label comes to implement cutting-edge technology for those searching to innovate!


[1] World Heritage Encyclopedia, History of videotelephony, http://gutenberg.us/articles/History_of_videotelephony
[2] History of the web, https://webfoundation.org/about/vision/history-of-the-web/
[3] Rebecca Kesby (2012), How the world’s first webcam made a coffee pot famous, https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20439301
[4] Erin Wolfe (2019), The History of Video Conferencing from 1870 to Today, https://www.lifesize.com/en/video-conferencing-blog/history-of-video-conferencing
[5] Jeff Desjardins (2016), The Evolution of Instant Messaging, https://www.visualcapitalist.com/evolution-instant-messaging/
[6] OPERATION LINDBERGH, A World First in TeleSurgery: The Surgical Act Crosses the Atlantic! (2011), https://www.ircad.fr/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/lindbergh_presse_en.pdf
[7] Rob Whent (2012), A brief history of Skype, https://www.itbusiness.ca/blog/a-brief-history-of-skype/20750
[8] Erin Wolfe (2019), The History of Video Conferencing from 1870 to Today, https://www.lifesize.com/en/video-conferencing-blog/history-of-video-conferencing
[9] Jeff Desjardins (2016), The Evolution of Instant Messaging, https://www.visualcapitalist.com/evolution-instant-messaging/
[10] T. C. Sottek (2013), British explorer Daniel Hughes makes first video call from Everest’s peak, https://www.theverge.com/2013/5/19/4346486/daniel-hughes-live-smartphone-video-call-everest