Announcing the Cisco umi Mobile App for iOS and Android– from Cisco by Gina Clark


Cisco umi mobile app

Excerpt from Cisco (emphasis DSC):

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the umi family — the Cisco umi mobile app is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.

The umi mobile app is a cool new way for umi subscribers to access video messages and recorded videos on the go. In addition, you can use your mobile device’s touchscreen to add/edit contacts easily with the onscreen keyboard, or even as a remote control for umi on your HDTV.


Relevant addendum later on 6/16/11:



Telepresence no longer just for the board room – New Cisco value-priced endpoint makes widespread enterprise adoption more affordable — from Cisco
Enhances “any to any” interoperability; Makes Telepresence conferencing easier, smarter and more cost effective to deploy

ORLANDO, Fla. – June 14, 2011 – Cisco today introduced a number of new telepresence products and enhancements as part of its collaboration portfolio designed to give customers new ways to simply, quickly and cost effectively scale telepresence throughout their organizations. The advancements also enhance “any-to-any” interoperability between Cisco TelePresence® endpoints and any standards-based devices, and make the telepresence experience even more intuitive with user-friendly features and capabilities.

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Addendum later in the day:



CloudTV app platform to take spotlight on two panels at The TV of Tomorrow Show —



SAN JOSE, CA (May 16, 2011) — Millions of screens today — and millions more by year’s end — will be available to TV app developers and content providers, according to remarks planned by ActiveVideo Networks™ executives for the TV of Tomorrow Show May 17 and 18 in San Francisco.

During the two-day conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ActiveVideo executives will speak on the “write once, deploy everywhere” merits of cloud-based application creation and delivery on a pair of panels. John Callahan, CTO, will discuss “The Emerging Primacy of the App: The ‘Appification’ of TV and its Implications,” scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, from 3:15 to 4:15 pm; and Michael Taylor, senior vice president, business development will talk about “Envisioning Cable’s Converged Future,” on Wednesday, May 18, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. The two executives will be joined on the panels by counterparts from PlayJam, Movl, Rovi, NDS, Ooyala, ZeeVee and other companies.


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Softkinetic’s Corporate Video



Softkinetic corporate video

…and some other intriguing concepts.


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TV 3.0


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From DSC:
Check out the topics:

  • Pay-TV in the Connected World
  • Making Apps Part of the TV Experience
  • Meeting Higher Quality Expectations
  • Connecting Broadcasters and Audiences
  • Making Subscription TV Work on Multiple Screens
  • Content Discovery Becomes Business Critical
  • The Impact of Connected TV Standards
  • CE Strategies Including Co-Opetition
  • What Connected TV Means For IPTV



Study: 30% of all US households already have TV connected to Internet

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) finds that 30% of all households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a Blu-ray player, and/or the TV set itself — up from 24% a year ago. Overall, 10% of all adults watch video from the Internet via one of these devices at least weekly, compared to 5% last year. This increased usage is heavily driven by Netflix subscribers, with 30% of Netflix subscribers watching video from the Internet via one of these connected devices weekly, compared to 3% weekly use among all non-Netflix subscribers.


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From DSC:
Why post this? Because:

  1. These postings demonstrate a continued convergence, a continued trend that is impacting the distribution of content. If it hasn’t already (in some shape or form), online-based learning — with social networking capabilities/functionality baked in — will be entering your living room. Given the budgetary pressures out there, such change may happen sooner rather than later.
  2. The Forthcoming Walmart of Education is definitely involved here.



Video conference project sparks meaningful learning — from by Tanya Roscorla

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  • A Taste for Telepresence — from The Journal by Dian Schaffhauser
    Although high-end videoconferencing is still new to this Maryland school district, it’s a sensible next step on a well-planned path to location-free communication.


A hugely powerful vision: A potent addition to our learning ecosystems of the future


Daniel Christian:
A Vision of Our Future Learning Ecosystems

In the near future, as the computer, the television, the telephone (and more) continues to converge, we will most likely enjoy even more powerful capabilities to conveniently create and share our content as well as participate in a global learning ecosystem — whether that be from within our homes and/or from within our schools, colleges, universities and businesses throughout the world.

We will be teachers and students at the same time — even within the same hour — with online-based learning exchanges taking place all over the virtual and physical world.  Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) — in the form of online-based tutors, instructors, teachers, and professors — will be available on demand. Even more powerful/accurate/helpful learning engines will be involved behind the scenes in delivering up personalized, customized learning — available 24x7x365.  Cloud-based learner profiles may enter the equation as well.

The chances for creativity,  innovation, and entrepreneurship that are coming will be mind-blowing! What employers will be looking for — and where they can look for it — may change as well.

What we know today as the “television” will most likely play a significant role in this learning ecosystem of the future. But it won’t be like the TV we’ve come to know. It will be much more interactive and will be aware of who is using it — and what that person is interested in learning about. Technologies/applications like Apple’s AirPlay will become more standard, allowing a person to move from device to device without missing a  beat. Transmedia storytellers will thrive in this environment!

Much of the professionally done content will be created by teams of specialists, including the publishers of educational content, and the in-house teams of specialists within colleges, universities, and corporations around the globe. Perhaps consortiums of colleges/universities will each contribute some of the content — more readily accepting previous coursework that was delivered via their consortium’s membership.

An additional thought regarding higher education and K-12 and their Smart Classrooms/Spaces:
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The “chalkboards” of the future may be transparent, or they may be on top of a drawing board-sized table or they may be tablet-based. But whatever form they take and whatever is displayed upon them, the ability to annotate will be there; with the resulting graphics saved and instantly distributed. (Eventually, we may get to voice-controlled Smart Classrooms, but we have a ways to go in that area…)

Below are some of the graphics that capture a bit of what I’m seeing in my mind…and in our futures.

Alternatively available as a PowerPoint Presentation (audio forthcoming in a future version)














— from Daniel S. Christian | April 2011

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Addendum on 4-14-11:


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Cisco, Polycom Top Video Conferencing/Telepresence Market — from The Web Conferencing Blog by David Chao

The Connected Life at Home — from Cisco

The connected life at home -- from Cisco



From DSC:

How will these types of technologies affect what we can do with K-12 education/higher education/workplace training and development? I’d say they will open up a world of new applications and opportunities for those who are ready to innovate; and these types of technologies will move the “Forthcoming Walmart of Education” along.

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What television is *really* becoming — by Philip Leigh at Inside Digital Media, Inc.


Nicholas Negroponte who founded MIT’s Media Lab correctly put it sixteen years ago when he wrote in Being Digital “…the future open-architecture television is the personal computer, period.”

Televisions will become giant windows into the Internet Cloud. They’ll transform into electronic hearths through which family members gather to remotely share communications and social experiences as much as to watch videos. In addition to watching “TV” shows and movies, they’ll use future televisions for video phone calls, FaceBook updates, news feeds, interactive gaming, and knowledge quests within the nearly infinite mind of the Internet. Moreover, such features will augment one another. For example, FaceBook socializing will alert us to new videos our friends are watching.

The television-as-Internet-window will ultimately have a more intuitive interface. It’s likely to provide a combination of icon-apps as well as Internet browsing. Although the man-machine interface will continue to offer a mouse-and-keyboard for a while we’ll also use a gesture sensitive interface like Microsoft Kinect demonstrated in this video.

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How will technologies like AirPlay affect education? I suggest 24x7x365 access on any device may be one way. By Daniel S. Christian at Learning Ecosystems blog-- 1-17-11.


Addendum on 1-20-11:
The future of the TV is online
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Your television’s going to get connected, says Matt Warman

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