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Fun with Cisco – Tablets, Streaming and TelePresence

There are many great things about working for TBL Networks (e.g.  TBL’s very liberal cocoa policy).  In addition, as 2010 Collaboration Partner of the Year for Cisco’s East Area, I receive the opportunity to use and experience cutting-edge technology as it is released.  Below are some examples.

Cisco Cius

As the trend continues towards tablets (nearly 9 million tablets in use at small and midsize businesses in the U.S), Cisco has entered the market with the Cisco Cius. As the first business tablet for mobile collaboration,  the Android powered tablet brings the mobility of a tablet with the collaborative power of  Cisco, including Cisco Quad, Presence, IM and integrated, one-click access to WebEx Meeting Center.

Recently, TBL’s Cameron Corbin was photographed with tablet.  In addition, Cameron also got the chance to ride hoverboard and pet a unicorn.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of that … yet.

TBL Networks Cisco Cius

Cisco TelePresence System 1100

I have always wondered if there would be a day when I would think, “The future is here.”  I had pinned my hopes on Dippin Dots giving me a specific date, but thanks to Cisco, I can safely say that the future has arrived.

The Cisco TelePresence System 1100 allows you to have the intimacy of a face-to-face meeting without the difficulty and cost of travel.  Perhaps most importantly, you can finally reenact your favorite scene from Star Trek in the comfort of your own office.

Cisco Show and Share

Cisco Show and Share is a webcasting and video sharing application that helps enterprise organizations create highly secure video communities to share ideas and expertise.

In addition to using the video for internal purposes, you can also use Show and Share to broadcast your video live to external viewers.  Recently, TBL Networks streamed a live performance from Harley Stagner and the 46ers on the May 5th edition of Ask Harley using Show and Share.

In the video below, you can see the performance being watched via TBL’s live stream.