by Joyce Schwarz blogging at www.hollywood2020.net
Ahh the promises --you've heard them before now Information Week is reporting that 75 percent of enterprises plan to use teleconferencing by 2013. Their subhead to their study articles says "immersive telepresence technology that uses high-def, life-sized images hold great appeal for collaboration but is costly and a bandwidth hog. The article goes on to explain that more than half of companies are already using teleconferencing (it does not detail what kind of how immersive) and that another 25 percent are already planning to install it soon.
What's fascinating is the article and study blames the tech evangelists and sales people for not explaining the return on investment for teleconferencing well to potential buyers and IT managers as the reason it is lagging behind?
HOME TELECONFERENCING...slide show pictures accompanying the article show UMI which is Cisco's home teleconferencing system that evidently attaches in a box to your TV set.
Quite frankly the pictures of UMI were so poor that even adjusted I could not see how the system works. I tried adjusting this photo but I can barely see the slids of the system in operation. Umi appears to have launched in November 2010 and is available at Best Buy for $499 per system but I did see one advertisement that says two for one.
SO I'm linking this to the UMI website so you can see what's up. No mention was made of impact on the marketplace for Umi and I'll see if there is a price over at the UMI site or where you can buy the system
UMI -- CISCO's HOME TELECONFERENCE SYSTEM IS HOT IN KOREA ACCORDING TO THIS VIDEO:
29 sec - Oct 7, 2010
After a 15-minute private demo of Cisco's Umi, the company's latest video calling system, I was fairly impressed with the unit's sharp 1080p ...