At a press briefing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Cisco CEO John Chambers laid out an ambitious vision for a company still known primarily for supplying high-grade networking gear to big corporations. Cisco has been making moves into the consumer market over the past few years with the acquisitions of home-networking provider Linksys, set-top box maker Scientific Atlanta and Pure Digital, maker of small, handheld digital video cameras. CES 2010: A demo of Lenovo's new tablet/netbook
Watch a demonstration of Lenovo's S10-3t tablet/netbook at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Video courtesy of FoxNews.com.
The company's latest addition -- one that is still working its way through the regulatory hoops -- is for Tandberg, a Norwegian maker of video-conferencing systems that looks to play a key role in Chambers' vision for the company's future.
At the event, Chambers gave a demo of the company's Telepresence technology, allowing him to make a video call to his wife, consult with a doctor and hire a math tutor for children. He compared the quality of today's text-based social-media applications to being able look people in the eye and communicate on a personal level. He noted that more than one-third of households here in America already have the capability to handle video conferencing, in terms of broadband connections.
"Ninety percent of all consumer traffic will be video," he predicted. "Video is THE killer app."
Anecdotal evidence from personal experience: I'm not sure what percentage of Netflix use is though streaming video - but I'm sure Netflix is going to be moving around less and less DVDs and streaming more and more videos/content as more users get onto high speed broadband.