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Cisco Goes Home

4:00 PM -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is blitzing CES tomorrow with a John Chambers keynote and an executive chat. It's also trying to get that "Cisco/consumer" tie cemented in people's minds with a networked home that's been added to Cisco's island in Second Life.



Most of the interactive elements inside the home consist of Web links to various LinkSys products. Multimedia laptops adorn each kid's bedroom. I got them to play music, but not video. (A placard warns that applications in Second Life are much slower than in Real Life). Only the kitchen seems unconnected, although I didn't check it much other than to see the refrigerator is stocked.

Overall, I didn't find much to do. Cisco is having an in-world event at the house, at 4:00 Pacific Time on Jan. 9, according to the big red cube. (What, don't you have one of those in your front yard yet?) That might be a time to learn more, if there is more -- this particular demo appears aimed at Cisco beginners.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:16:44 PM
re: Cisco Goes Home I did check in on the Second Life event. They got a couple dozen people there, a lot of them SL support and the like, but some earnest audience questions came up. Almost none of them related to the CES stuff, but Cisco had to be happy with the turnout.

Thing is, a press conference in SL is excruciating. Long, long delays waiting for the questions and answers to get typed. It's still a beta kind of idea. For now, a teleconference is more effective, and you don't embarrass yourself with the arm spasms that SL requires in order to sit down on a chair.
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