Just a day after Polycom presented a range of video conferencing products for homes, Cisco Systems has taken the wrappers off from its own home video-conferencing equipment.
The company has used the CES stage in Las Vegas to announce that it is extending its Telepresence capabilities to make the technology suitable for residential purposes.
Laying the roadmap for rolling out the technology, the company noted that it will kick off the US trials of the technology in conjunction with Verizon Wireless in this spring, while France trials in collaboration with France Telecom are slated for end of this year.
Cisco has foreseen a huge potential of video conferencing in homes across the globe (ed: possibly as recession bites, forcing companies to come up with creative solutions to cut the cost of commuting).
Also research firm IDC, has noted that around 32 million homes in the US already have the broadband connections required to support the Telepresence set up.
Cisco's CEO John Chambers demonstrated the capabilities of home video conferencing system at a press conference. Chambers talked to his wife, connected to a doctor through its Health Connect service, and even chatted with tutors for an executive’s son.
The home screen looked similar to a TV, boasting options for Health Connect, videos, messages, a Marketplace System, usage history, etc.
Marthin De Beer, senior VP and GM of the Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group, said "Home telepresence will make a difference in the consumers' lives by allowing them to enjoy natural video communications with family and friends wherever they are located". We couldn't have said it better.