Cisco is introducing Cisco ūmi telepresence, a consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video. Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create video communications experiences.
Cisco ūmi, which includes an HD camera, a console and a remote, takes advantage of Cisco's experience in business telepresence, to deliver an immersive video experience that fits into home, automatically adjusting to lighting conditions and various room sizes to provide the best video and audio performance.
The company say once Cisco ūmi is connected to an HD television and a wired or wireless broadband connection, a remote control provides access to an on-screen user interface, through which users can make ūmi calls, access video messages, manage contacts, and customize their profile and settings.
Users can also record their own ūmi videos, which they can share on Facebook, on YouTube, or via email. Users can even keep in touch with people who don't have ūmi by placing and receiving video calls from any computer with a webcam and Google video chat.
"Cisco is bringing people together, driving new video experiences that change the way we communicate, connect, and enjoy entertainment – in the home, at work, and on the go," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Cisco ūmi will bring the unique telepresence experience into living rooms and change the way we are able to be together with family and friends. We envision a future where technologies like this will play a role in connecting consumers with businesses to enable the delivery of new services, ranging from education, to health care, to financial services – to the home."
"Cisco ūmi is the ultimate way to capture the simple joys of being together with our distant friends and loved ones, whether they are around the corner or across the country," said Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco's emerging technologies business group. "From singing happy birthday every year to reading bedtime stories every night, ūmi lets friends and families experience life's special moments together."
Cisco ūmi is available for preorder from umi.cisco.com. It is scheduled to be available to consumers on 14th November in Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater stores, bestbuy.com and umi.cisco.com for the suggested retail price of US$599 with a monthly fee of US$24.99 for unlimited ūmi calls, video messaging and video storage.