Today marks a proud and historic day for Cisco.
With the introduction of Cisco ūmi™ telepresence, a unique consumer product that brings family and friends together from great distances at the touch of a button, we are extending the exciting Cisco TelePresence experience into peoples’ homes – and with it, usher in an exciting new category of clear, natural and lifelike consumer video experiences.
Bringing telepresence into the home has been a passion of mine for years, and being together with your friends and family is just the beginning. We see tremendous opportunities in helping businesses and consumers connect in new ways. Imagine your child receiving world class tutoring from the comfort and safety of your home, or a chronically ill patient receiving the best medical attention without ever having to leave their home.
Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create a video communications experience that is so lifelike, that users will see and hear their loved ones, right down to the twinkle in their eyes and the tone of their voices, as if they were in the same room.
Cisco is working with Verizon to bring the ūmi experience to Verizon FiOS customers early next year. The two companies have been conducting successful trials of Cisco ūmi over Verizon’s 100 percent fiber-optic network.
Cisco ūmi is scheduled to be available for preorder on Oct. 6 from umi.cisco.com and Oct. 18 from bestbuy.com. It is scheduled to be available to consumers on November 14 in Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater stores, bestbuy.com and umi.cisco.com for the suggested retail price of $599 with a monthly fee of $24.99 for unlimited ūmi calls, video messaging and video storage.