What to do with a Vialta Beamer video phone? Answered
So years ago before broadband internet, Skype, and video conferencing for free, there was a thing called a Beamer video phone which used your landline telephone line to do video conferencing between 2 people.
So my mom bought 2 of them, mailed me one, and we tried to do video conferencing between PA and FL, and needless to say, it was terrible. Video was choppy, etc, everything you would expect for video trying to go over a landline phone circuit.
I would sell it on eBay, but it doesn't look like anyone is buying it, so rather than have it take up any more shelf space, I'm trying to figure out what else I can do with it. I haven't taken it apart yet, but it looks like a 3" LCD screen with a little web camera on it and a microphone, and some kind of circuit board. The housing is actually very pretty (see picture) with it's glass outside.
So what can I do with this thing? Can I build some type of open source wi-fi video conference station using skype? Or some type of in-home intercom system with video?
The possibilities are seemingly endless, any suggestions are welcomed!!