Kara Swisher checks out Cisco's new consumer telepresence product, umi.
Pre-order here. Shipping beginning 11/15/10.
Cisco ūmi brings family and friends into your living room with your HD television.
Full HD 1080p video calling and 720p recording using your existing HD television and broadband internet connection
Motorized pan, tilt, and zoom
Create and share your own umi videos on Facebook™, YouTube™, or email
Place and receive video calls from any computer with a webcam and Google video chat
Cisco umi Key Features and Benefits
-- Users enjoy amazingly clear and lifelike full HD experience.
-- An existing HD television and a broadband Internet connection are all
that is needed.
-- Cisco umi is easy to set up and simple to use -- users can be together
at the touch of a button.
-- Video calls can be placed and received on any computer with a webcam
and Google video chat.
-- Users will never miss a umi call with video messages.
-- Cisco umi videos can be created and then shared on Facebook, YouTube,
-- Video messages can be checked on-the-go with a laptop.
-- New video message notices arrive via text on a mobile phone.
-- From the comfort of the couch, users can pan the room and even zoom in
to get up close and personal, or pull back to include the whole
-- Privacy features like call screening and blocking, and a camera
shutter that closes, keep users in control of their privacy.
-- Personalize with a unique video greeting, ringtones, and calling
-- The stylish design is a perfect match for the living room and HD