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Mobile Video Blurs the Work/Leisure Line

4:55 PM -- Where will you draw the line between work and leisure time now that the next wave of wireless communications is making mobile video calls a possibility?

The line between work time and downtime has been increasingly fluid ever since the invention of the cellphone. Everyone has heard of the concept of BlackBerrys on the Beach by now.

It strikes me, however, that the next line-blurring mobile inflection point between business life and home life is the ability to make video calls on smartphones and tablets.

The idea started to germinate as I watched Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s presentation on its Cius tablet last week. The thing already does video calling, and Cisco wants to link it into as many business systems as possible. You can bet that other vendors will follow suit.

The Cius -- and tablets like it (cough, iPad, cough) as well as the next generation of smartphones -- could mean one day that a No Pants Day working from home will be a thing of the past.

The good news is that we probably have a couple of years before the major players start to enable video chat programs to communicate with rival programs so that we can all be chattin' it up on video. At the moment, it is a simple race between Skype and FaceTime for consumer eyeballs, but eventually enterprises will start to standardize on video chat applications.

When that happens, will you roll with it, or start to lay down boundaries between work and home? Is anyone willing to be on call for work -- on video call, that is -- 24/7?

Where do you draw that line?

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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