Whoa. That’s the word that comes to mind when I saw umi telepresence in action. Cisco demoed this product on a huge Sony 55-inch TV, and we could see the presenter’s aunt in full 1080p. We had her wave her hand and didn’t see any motion blur. We could also easily make out the wrinkles in her face (for better or for worse) and saw a pretty wide field of view. There was a little bit of grain, but overall umi is very impressive.
We really dig the subtle clover interface in the upper right hand corner of the TV, where you can make outgoing calls and see alerts for incoming umi calls. Dialing out is as easy as selecting the other person’s photo on screen. You can snap your own profile pic with the device, as well as record a personal greeting. The audio quality wasn’t pristine, but we could easily hear the other caller. Some other people in the room complained of tinny sound. (Kids running around in the background would be a good test).
So what do you think of umi? Is it worth $599, plus 25 bucks per month for service? Check out the videos below.
Making a call
Receiving a call