Video is the new voice !
Following the insights from John Chambers on consumer TelePresence at CES 2010 last January, following the many rumors on industry blogs and news sites recently and as you now most probably have seen else where on the Web, Cisco announced today its new solution for Consumer Video Collaboration: Cisco ūmi
Cisco ūmi will change the way we live, work, play and learn in a way we never could have done it before. Bridging your living-room with the ones from your friends and family, but also allowing people from remote place to access services such as healthcare and education in a totally new way.
Even Greenpeace also posted on their blog about the positive impact Cisco ūmi will have on climate by eliminating some portion of global travel.
Please find below some more details on the product itself :
Built-in microphone array with software beamforming
Embedded speaker for incoming call ringing
Compatible with high-definition widescreen TVs capable of 1080p or 720p with available HDMI port.
Full HD 1080p video calling (1920×1080 pixels) and 720p recording at 30 frames per second.
Dynamic resolution scaling based on available bandwidth (1080p, 720p, and 480p supported)
Multi glass lens
Auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance
Motorized aim –pan, tilt, and zoom
Motorized shutter for privacy control
Learn more on Cisco ūmi at umi.cisco.com