Today, John Chambers announced Cisco ūmi™ telepresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together at the touch of a button. Simply connect ūmi to your HD television for get-together’s so clear and lifelike you can see what they see, hear what they hear and feel what they feel.
Show off your latest hairstyle, talk about the recent sports game, or sing Happy Birthday to someone you love. Cisco ūmi makes it easy to be there for life’s moments, whether they are big or small.
In celebration of the launch, Cisco’s Director of Consumer Marketing, Mike Kisch, invites you to “Like” the Cisco ūmi Facebook Fan Page and enter to win a ūmi system for you and a friend.
Well, it may have seemed like a far off technology when we first saw it on the The Jetsons, but now it’s real. With today’s introduction of ūmi telepresence Cisco has delivered a product capable of delivering a premium video experience that will bring families and friends together like never before.
All of the information on the product can be found below but seeing is believing. You need to see first-hand just how good this video experience is — those who have experienced ūmi can attest, the quality of the experience is as close as a possible to the real thing.
Cisco’s ūmi telepresence will be available for consumers in the US from Best Buy and directly from Cisco on November 14th, and through Verizon in early 2011. Be the first on your block to have one, it’ll forever change how you keep in touch with friends and family.
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.
You’ve probably heard how telepresence is helping businesses reduce the cost of travel by millions of dollars. It’s one of the most commonly discussed and proven benefits of the technology because it’s quantifiable. But if you ask anyone who uses the technology regularly, rarely do they talk about the cost savings. Rather, you’ll hear stories about how video collaboration helped a team come to a decision faster, or how the technology enhanced the trust between a supplier and vendor.
While cost savings is a typical driving factor for telepresence investments, it’s the many other benefits that manifest as a result of usage that prove to hold the most value. In an effort to show the variety of benefits that video collaboration technologies like telepresence deliver, such as improving work-life balance, increasing productivity and reducing confusion, Cisco commissioned a global study to uncover end user perceptions of telepresence and video conferencing in the work place. The research, announced today, polled an internationally representative sample of workers from 12 key markets and found dramatic differences between how users and nonusers of the technology perceive the various benefits.