As the world adjusts to a new way of working, and as we all look for bright spots in our day, I am so pleased to be able to share this exciting news. The newest additions to the Webex devices portfolio have won four Red Dot awards including “best of the best” in the category for product design! This is one of the world’s top design honors, like winning an Oscar at the Academy Awards. I could not be prouder of our designers, our engineers, our up-all-nighters… our very own “crazy ones” who see the world differently and get stuff done.
These awards go way beyond coveted mantle pieces. The Red Dot recognition represents Cisco’s impeccable design capabilities interwoven with our deep heritage of engineering and innovation. We pride ourselves on crafting elegant products you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! Quality video and premium sound are table stakes for today’s collaboration tools. At Cisco, it is our mission to create experiences that inspire and invoke collaboration. New ideas happen any time – whether on the go, at home, or in the board room- it’s critical to have the quality, simplicity, and flexibility to collaborate with as little friction as possible. Our products are designed with a level of ease and excellence that deliver a welcome calm and sense of inspiration to your workday, and we thank Red Dot for recognizing that.
The Red Dot award represents the best products of the year and has become established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design. I don’t know a single designer who doesn’t want a Red Dot award in their portfolio! With their motto in mind, “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury of 40 international experts test, discuss and evaluate entries and finally award a Red Dot to products that exceed their expectations with the best design. While this is not the first time we have won – Red Dot has recognized our commitment to great design 23 other times! – it underscores our continued focus on evolving our designs for future needs.
In addition to the product design awards, the Red Dot jury selects the “Best of the Best”. This is the highest distinction and has been awarded to fewer than 2% of the entries. The Cisco Collaboration team is now the proud recipient of not one, but TWO “Best of the Best” awards!
And the awards go to…
- Webex Room Panorama – Red Dot winner 2020 – best of the best
- Webex Desk Pro – Red Dot winner 2020
- Cisco Headset 730 – Red Dot winner 2020
- Webex product yet to be announced (stay tuned!) – Red Dot winner 2020
The Room Panorama became our crown jewel as the next generation of immersive video conferencing. Where we previously cut the table in half in telepresence, the Room Panorama is changing the game to cut the room in half with rich cognitive capabilities and the authentic feeling of being in the same room despite being 5,000 miles apart. The first time I experienced it myself, I was blown away by how it feels. The wall literally becomes your window to anywhere in the world. Read more on the design of the Room Panorama here!
The Webex Desk Pro – your instant office – is the most innovative, AI-powered collaboration device for the desk. It’s designed for the demands of desk workers and puts the tools they need at their fingertips like incredible whiteboarding, web apps, digital signage, and intelligence built everywhere. It has all the goodness of the Webex Board condensed in a 27” display while seamlessly functioning as your personal office to get your day-to-day stuff done. It’s the miniature version of “Business. Fun. All-in-One.” Read more on the design of Webex Desk Pro!
With the Cisco Headset 730, we set out to tame the noisy soundscape for the busy modern worker by building an advanced noise cancelling headset that looks as great as it sounds. The innovative microphone design isolates the speaker’s voice for pristine clarity on meetings and calls; and the acoustics are dynamically tuned for HD media playback. It’s an all-day, premium Bluetooth headset built for business, personal, and the journey between! Read more on the design of the Headset 730!
Our amazing design teams spend countless hours thinking about the way work is changing and the range of tools people use in their daily lives. For many organizations, meeting spaces continue to be a complex collection of disjointed technologies. They present a barrier to effective teamwork and make it harder to get stuff done. We’ve changed all that by making spaces come alive with hardware designed for authentic interaction that is seamless, flexible and intuitive. Sondre Ager-Wick An Inside View on the Red Dot Winning Cisco Webex Panorama Design and An Inside View on the Red Dot Winning Cisco Webex Desk Pro Design and Otto Williams An Inside View on the Red Dot Winning Cisco Headset 730 Design, leading these design projects, can share more insight into these beautiful and easy-to-use products. And we’ll have more to share on this front in the fall so stay tuned.
Our goal is to humanize technology, to bring people together, whether across the table or across the globe, and the biggest reward in all this continues to be the clear popularity and pleasure our customers and partners get from using our Webex devices. Without you, this wouldn’t be worth it.