Re: Don't Underestimate Cisco
"What do others think: was Cisco's vision for video conferencing just ahead of its time?"
Perhaps, but I also get the impression that they have an idealistic view of how people will take to videoconferencing in its many forms. The Cius was a ridiculous product trying to merge video conferencing, tablet computing and more into a device that you could dock on the desk. Unsurprisingly it didn't succeed. Telepresence is fantastic, without question. The Flip was a genuis device; it met a market need perfectly, and even when Cisco was busy removing Flip from their portfolio, the demand was still high. And then there's the Ava 500 which leaves me sighing and saying "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?" Or perhaps they really do know the market better than I do, and Robbie the Robot is selling like hotcakes.
The sad reality is that Flip was a consumer product, and Cisco shoud not have tried to play in the consumer space where you stack 'em high and sell 'em low (cf: Linksys), because that just isn't how Cisco works.