Cisco has revealed two tablets this week, one each for business and home environments.
The first is an Android-based device called the Cius. Aimed at businesses, the device allows for access to Cisco applications as well as HD video streaming, real-time video, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging and browsing.
Cisco was a little stingy with information about the product, as it made no mention of processor, RAM or storage options for the Cius. We do know that it features a 7-inch, high-resolution wide screen touch sensitive display; WiFi; 3G (and 4G at a later date); a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera capable of shooting video in 720p; Bluetooth; Mini-USB; and a battery life of eight hours with normal use. It'll come with an optional docking station that packs a telephone, HD DisplayPort and USB ports.
Cisco also announced a second, Linux-based tablet, which the company says is aimed at home energy management. Running Ubuntu and boasting Intel's Atom CPU (1.1GHz), the device, in conjunction with smart power grids, is supposed to help consumers better understand how they consume energy in their home. Cisco reports that studies have shown people reduce their energy use when they're given real-time feedback on how much they're using and at what cost.
With a touchscreen display that measures in at 7-inches, Forbes reports that the WiFi enabled device will pull data from wireless-enabled appliances like dishwashers and lighting systems and allow customers to set rules for their home, like telling the swimming pool heater to turn on at night or the air conditioning to switch off while you're at work.
The price for the tablet is pretty high. At $900 per installation it might be a little too pricey for a lot of people but Cisco says the price may be slashed before they become more widespread. The company plans to test the home energy management system in 100 households over the next 15 months before trying wider deployments.