Thank you to Alisa for contributing the story below.
We have a 14 month old daughter and while her Grandpa was really busy at work, we used the ūmi system to stay connected and allow Grandpa to keep track of her growth progress.
The high definition camera allowed us to zoom in and show her first tooth. Our daughter was also aware of his presence in the room and waved. We could actually tell her Grandpa was on the phone, and she would crawl to the living room and look to the TV to see if he was there!
Being directly attached to our television, we were able to be online at all times and made it easy to make and answer calls.
This past summer, over 3000 people were nationally surveyed to find out the importance of video calling online, as well as using cell phones.
Well, the survey results are in folks and it was unveiled that approximately 74 percent of Americans are Internet users, with 23 percent of people who have tried video calling.
Another interesting fact was that 85 percent of adults have cell phones, but only 7 percent of those people have used video calling on their handsets.
Since April 2009 to the summer of 2010, internet users participating in video calling has risen from 20 percent to 23 percent.
As video calling is increasingly becoming more important to our population, wouldn’t it be great to have an immersive video experience that fits into your home, automatically adjusting to lighting conditions and various room sizes to provide superior video and audio performance? How about an experience that is so clear and lifelike that you feel like you are in the same room as your loved ones?
“Video callers” I invite you to experience Cisco ūmi- Welcome to the Future!
Last week, Cisco introduced Cisco ūmi™ TelePresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video, whether they are around the corner or across the country. Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create a video communications experience that is so clear, natural and 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, which delivers what a 2010 PCMAG.COM reader’s survey rated the fastest Internet speeds in the United States.