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Cisco's Next-Gen Collaboration And Augmented Reality

At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.

At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.Here's an excerpt from the Collaboration section of the agenda for the event, called "Networkers at Cisco Live":

A third wave of collaboration is building now that will have a far greater impact on the business world than anything we've seen before. The future belongs to the collaboration enterprise, and a new category of intercompany collaboration applications will fuel innovation by enabling people to interact in an unprecedented way across business and government boundaries. Join Don Proctor for a discussion of how IT departments can deploy collaboration technologies to help retool basic business processes and evolve corporate cultures better adapted to the collaboration era, even during a time of shrinking operational budgets. Proctor will detail a new class of collaboration applications that address the policy, security, access and communication requirements of this third wave.

On the augmented-reality side, keynoter Bruce Thomas, director of the Wearable Computer Laboratory at the University of South Australia, will discuss his work on making "first-person perspective applications a reality," the agenda says.

Now, I don't mean to be a Luddite, but most of us are already fairly challenged by normal everyday reality, let alone the augmented kind. And it doesn't help when experts in the field describe their approach with distorted-reality terms like "first-person perspective applications."

I have no doubt that Thomas is engaged in some fascinating work, and hats off to Cisco for pushing intriguing new ideas and approaches, but augmented reality might have a better chance at hitting escape velocity sooner rather than later if Cisco would help its customers and prospects understand just what that happens to be.

You can get at least a glimmer of what augmented reality is from this column I wrote several months ago called Global CIO: Hey, CIOs-Augment Your Strategic Reality With This Great New Technology.

And for more info on the event and the corresponding virtual event Cisco will be holding on Tuesday, January 26, click here.

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