Cisco today unvieled its long awaited telepresence solution to provide for teleconferences that give the participants the impression that they are in the same room with other conference participants. Cisco joins HP's HALO in the ultra-high-end video conference space.
I'll have more to say about this in a Nemertes Impact Analysis next week. But as I noted in my post last week on Collaboration Loop, I'm seeing a great deal of interest in telepresence from the very large enterprise market, though almost no interest in desktop video.
Update: The cisco announcement has roiled up the blogosphere. See Ken Camp, Om Malik, and Andy Abramson. I've read all their posts and they make good points. As I noted on Collaboration Loop though, I'm just not seeing much interest in desktop video conferencing in the enterprise market. Most folks I talk to just don't see the value.
FWIW, at Burton Group we all had iSight cameras and other than calling home when on a business trip, we rarely if ever used them for internal communications. I still see the trend being much more toward less intrusive (e.g. IM) communications for person-to-person. That being said, I can see the value in the telepresence solutions simply because of the quality they provide. Telepresence is about a lot more than video conferencing, rather it's a virtual reality environment featuring video.