A picture is worth a thousand words.
Whether you're out to keep an eye on a child who's off at college, you need some face time with the boss without having to actually go into the office, or you want to flirt with that special someone you met on the Internet, video chatting is the way to go.
The best thing about video chatting is that you can do it essentially for free. As long as you have a broadband connection, all you need is the appropriate hardware and Windows Messenger or another video-chat application.
For decades, futurists have speculated about the coming age of the video phone. As it turns out, our DIY video phone doesn't use a traditional phone line and isn't really a phone at all. But you get the idea.