Cisco has officially unveiled the rumored high-definition video conferencing system that was designed for the living room.
“This launch will expand the use of video and telepresence technologies and further grow the telepresence market. This new offering is part of Cisco’s video strategy to drive a new class of video experiences. We believe in the transformational power of video and see vast opportunities around video and the network,” the company said in blog post.
The Cisco umi will allow consumers to video chat in their own HDTV set in the highest resolution via broadband internet to create a clear and lifelike video communications experience.
Additionally, because of the continuously growing availability of Skype and broadband internet connections, video conferencing is steadily increasing in popularity.
US consumers can purchase the Umi home telepresence system at a price of $599 for the equipment with a monthly fee of $24.99 for unlimited umi calls, video messaging and video storage.
Ken Wirt, vice president of consumer marketing for Cisco, said in a statement to eWeek that the Cisco umi is “a premium product at a premium price point. We had to make sure our product would fit into whatever home the customer has.”