Cisco's ūmi in Action
First, there's an explanation of the self-view mode, which lets you see what the other person is seeing. It comes in handy if you're trying to zoom in on a photo you're holding, for instance. The woman you'll see on the screen at first is Lillie, who had agreed to use her home for the other side of the demo.
That's John Blackstone of CBS News giving us the "hello" wave, and it's Cisco chief marketing officer Sue Bostrom who's remarking that self-view might be best left turned off.
Video calling opens up the possibility of what might be called "video voice mail," a nicely awkward turn of phrase.
The new-age music was supposed to represent regular television -- i.e., the stuff you're watching when you suddenly receive a telepresence call.
That brings up an interesting point that I'd forgotten: Cisco CEO John Chambers has talked about combining telepresence and picture-in-picture to watch sporting events with friends remotely. As Network World found out, that can't happen yet.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading