Wi-Fi enabled Flip videocam coming from Cisco

First half 2010 device a precursor to mobile multimedia handheld?

Several media reports this week say that Cisco will unveil a Wi-Fi-enabled Flip video camera early next year. The device might be the first to feature Cisco technology; Cisco bought Flip maker Pure Digital earlier this year.

Presumably, the Wi-Fi connection will allow Flip users to instantly upload videos to YouTube, Facebook or any other popular sharing site on the 'Net, without first downloading to a computer. This is something the iPhone already allows, according to this post from Wired.

Indeed, the Flip Wi-Fi will compete directly with -- and perhaps be rendered irrelevant by -- smartphones and digital cameras already on the market with direct upload capabilities. Time for Cisco come out with a multimedia- and collaboration-enabled HD smartphone for business and entertainment. Isn't that where all this is heading? 

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