Simen Andresen, Gaute Hovdal, Hallgrim Sagen, Norway
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said,” said American management consultant and author Peter F. Drucker, explaining that the nonverbal is part of perceiving other people. The design of the EX90 personal telepresence focuses on the conversation rather than the technology and delivers immersive telecommunication for the office. It provides full HD video calling with an all glass optics camera, stereo speakers, subwoofer and wide-band microphone, as well as PC sharing features and a flip-down document camera. Showcasing a reduced yet high-quality language of form with clear lines, the system makes the technology back out and instead focuses on the functional aspect of such devices in order to create an environment for optimal user experience. This user-oriented approach is also taken up by the clear arrangement of the user interface. Instead of cluttering the main screen with menus, it is accessed through a touch pad that is ergonomically sophisticated and pleasing to the touch. Another highly consistent solution of this stringent design approach is that the EX90 also works as a high-end PC screen, a combination with which this personal telepresence defines a new aesthetics of communication that is reduced to the essential. It delivers telecommunication with immersive systems and makes telepresence a natural, integrated part of the workday.
Statement by the jury
»The EX90 by manufacturer Cisco makes video-telephony in offices and conference rooms noticeably easier. The user interface is accessed through a touch-pad that ensures easy operation without cluttering the main screen with menus. Showcasing a reduced yet high-quality design, it allows users to present graphics and diagrams and concentrate fully on the conversation without being distracted by the technology – a solution that makes telecommunication immensely easy.«