With several hundred Cisco TelePresence suites installed at Cisco sites around the world, we employees sometimes get a little blasé about how easy it has become (for example) to have a face-to-face meeting with a colleague in Budapest, Hungary one day (this morning), and then another face-to-face group meeting between London, Moscow, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC a few days later (next Monday actually).
However, once in a while Cisco TelePresence still makes us old pros say “wow!”.
How about this: Two young musicians in Sydney, Australia (a cellist and violinist) dream of playing with the Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s best-known orchestra of young professional musicians. However, simply auditioning for the Sinfonia would require a 17,000 km trip to London, not to mention a flight that could easily cost a few thousand dollars. What a dilemma. Do the musicians travel all that way and spend all that money with the risk that they might not pass the audition?
Wait! Why not audition from Sydney? Simply wheel a piano and a music stand into a local Cisco TelePresence suite; arrange the judging panel in another suite in London, and away you go! Crystal clear sound. Perfect picture. Take a look at this video to see the audition in action:
….oh, and if you have time on this last day before the Thanksgiving holiday, check out this even more amazing musical TelePresence experience from the Cisco Expo in Hannover, Germany earlier this year, where three opera singers join the Berlin Symphony Orchestra for a live performance via TelePresence.