FORTUNE -- In case you were, like me, on the beach Saturday and missed the first wave of publicity, Double Robotics has posted a YouTube video of its remote control robot "Double." Using a pair of Apple (AAPL) iPads for processing power and audio/video capabilities, it allows users to roll Segway-like through far-off places and video chat with the people it finds there -- at least until the thing tips over or runs out of batteries.
At $1,999 (iPads not included) for pre-order -- or $2,499 when it's supposed to go on sale later this year -- it's way more affordable than the previous generations of industrial-strength telepresence robots. And a little creepier.
As John Chambers rebuilds Cisco, enterprise video conferencing is probably one business he won't have to muck with. Now, about Umi...
FORTUNE -- Over the past few years, networking giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) has aggressively entered markets as diverse as camcorders, set-top boxes and videoconferencing tools. The result? A company that many say has lost its focus. That's partly why, earlier this week, CEO John Chambers sent out a company-wide memo MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Apr 7, 2011 3:31 PM ET
Tony Bates isn't just an online video fanatic when he's on the clock. The Cisco (CSCO) executive also served on the board of YouTube in his spare time, before Google (GOOG) bought it in 2006. When I sat down with Bates in his office recently, the veteran of Cisco's service provider and enterprise units talked about how he ended up advising YouTube and why he believes video is the next MOREJon Fortt - Jan 19, 2010 7:00 AM ET
On the face of it, Cisco's bid to purchase Norwegian videoconferencing rival Tandberg for $2.98 billion looks like a crushing victory for Cisco. After all, CEO John Chambers has been a tireless advocate for Cisco's version of the technology, using it to slash his travel budget and pitch a new way to work – and he's nabbing Tandberg for a mere 11% premium over Wednesday closing stock price. (Tandberg trades MOREJon Fortt - Oct 1, 2009 1:42 PM ET
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