Cisco has disclosed plans to launch a new Flip camera with Wi-Fi support, while expanding its range of products geared for Apple’s mobile devices. The company has yet to provide specific details regarding the Wi-Fi Flip, although it is expected to arrive on the market before the end of the year….
A rambling Computerworld report from Cisco’s Live! event is bringing us news of even more goodies, beyond the business and home tablets already revealed. In an interview with Marthin De Beer, Senior VP of Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group, De Beer strongly hints at a WiFi enabled Flip Video camera by the end of 2010. While he didn’t say it in so many words, he did say, “We didn’t buy Flip to have it be only a video recorder,” adding, “I look forward to Christmas,” when asked about a possible timeline. That seems clear enough.
Flip Video Camcorder is famous for its small and compact that which is now owned by Cisco as an owner will implement Wi-Fi connection in these New generation Flip mini camcorder. Wi-Fi features are not derived from the use of memory cards like the Eye-Fi because it uses only flip the internal memory but included directly into the camcorder.
According to Cisco, the new iteration of the Flip camcorder will not only allow users to hook up to both private and public networks – thus allowing for video footage to be uploaded to the net with the minimum of hassle even whilst you’re out and about (as long as there’s WiFi access available, of course) – but the new version of the Flip will also feature a what’s termed as “a large screen that slides to reveal the record and menu buttons underneath” which, we assume, will allow the device to remain compact whilst still offering ease of navigation and control as well as an integrated display. Unfortunately the display will not offer touchscreen functionality, however, doubtless in a bid to keep unit pricing especially competitive.
The executive also suggests Cisco is working on a video client for the iPhone 4 that will be submitted to the App Store. The iOS app will be based on Mobi, while the company would “love to integrate with FaceTime.
The conversation then gets muddied when De Beer begins discussing video as a “pervasive play” for Cisco, something that will “ultimately span across everything we do.” And in a bid to interoperate with all devices, including Apple’s new handset and certainly future iOS devices, De Beer said, “We would absolutely love to integrate with FaceTime.” When, is the question left unanswered. Until then Cisco plans to introduce a mobile Movi iPhone app to the App Store that ties back into Cisco’s Tandberg SIP-based video conferencing solution. Now, maybe it’s a stretch, but with Cisco slowly creeping into the consumer space, it’s hard not to take away a sense that it will be introducing software and devices interoperable with its Silicon Valley neighbor’s FaceTime solution in the not too distant future.
As a potential workaround to Apple’s lack of Flash support on its mobile devices, Cisco is also producing a video transcoding system. The Media Experience Engine will work inside carrier or enterprise networks to automatically convert Flash video to formats supported by the iPhone and iPad.
Cisco has yet to announce full details, including pricing or launch dates, for its range of new projects.