The article says that Cisco sees phones, radios and home theater equipment that links to the Internet as new product opportunities.
"Consumer electronics companies have been able to compete on a stand-alone device, but the dynamics of the market are changing, " Cisco chief development officer Charles Giancarlo told the FT. "The Internet and new networking requirements are enough of a disruptor for us to enter a new market."
That got me to thinking. What kind of Cisco (or Linksys)-branded devices might we see that will be consistent with this revised product-line vision?
Offhand I can think of three:
Consumer-grade VoIP phones, likely sold in partnership with IM-grown-up VoIP service offerings looking to extend their functionality beyond softphone-and-earpiece. It might even be a scaled-down version of the Cisco IP Phone 7985G, which in its current incarnation, looks like this:
Radios that will be able to access Web-based streaming media content and then play that content over home entertainment speakers;
Networkable projection screens that could distribute digital video content throughout the home.
I am sure some of you can think of additional ways in which Cisco can execute their consumer electronics vision.
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