Occasionally a new product arrives on the scene which makes me really sit up and take notice ... Cisco's Umi is just such a product. Umi has the potential to be a market disrupter. Why? Imagine if you linked:
- Hi res, hi speed, 2 way video transmission
- High definition big screen TV
- The consumer market
In other words, what if you put high speed, hi res video conferencing in every home in America? While you might ask, why would I want video conferencing in my home? The answer is that you may not know today, but some smart marketeers will figure out other applications for this technology linkage which will leave you drooling to have this system in your family room. I wish I had a crystal ball.
While the price may seem a bit high right now ($600 for the cpu box and a $25 per month fee), within a short period of time I'm sure we'll be out farther on the manufacturing curve.
Watch the video below, or link to this article from Engadget.
Here's a photo of Umi (click to view expanded)