Last night while I was typing away, I got a pop–up request to accept a video conference call from my cousin in NYC.
As soon as I hit the "accept" key, I saw my cousin, her husband and their precious new baby girl.
We chatted for nearly an hour and showed off our offspring. With 2,600 miles between us and children under 2 years of age, video conferencing is just about the best way for us to watch each other's children grow up. We email pictures, but tonight my lil one blew her kisses. To learn how you can do this, read more.
You need the equipment to partake in virtual meetings, but it is fairly easy to find. If you have a computer with an Internet connection, speakers and a microphone, you just need to add a webcam to your set up. Newer model laptops come equipped with all the above. But most webcams cost upwards of $23.
I, being technologically challenged, would err on the side of caution and ask the experts at Best Buy or Circuit City to show me how to set one up. For those of you who are more confident, check out the selection in the widget below and see if any of these suit your fancy.