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iVideochat: The missing link for the iPad & iPhone

While I will definitely be buying an iPad on Day 1, I am on record as being disappointed there is no built-in camera, let alone two.  Cameras are included in just about every cellphone and even the lowly iPod nano and Nintendo DSi.  Imagine the gaming, Augmented Reality, and videoconferencing capabilities this feature would have enabled.  Instead of the mixed reaction the iPad has garnered, the appeal of the iPad would have been a no-brainer, just by including a camera.  I have to believe a future iPad will have at least one camera.  But for now, I Photoshopped the following creation in the hopes it might inspire a vendor to create such a hardware and software combination.

Since many iPad owners will have an iPhone, it's not that farfetched.  An iPhone, with a built-in camera is positioned with its back to the caller, and it streams your video.  The iPad faces the caller and displays your videostream and that of other callers.  The devices could communicate with each other over Bluetooth, WiFi, or 3G, and they are powered by a portable dock that positions the devices properly.  I call it iVideochat.  Any takers?

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.