Cisco's already taken some big steps into the consumer market by buying the Flip cam line
and releasing the Valet routers
, but the company isn't done yet -- it's just acquired the MOTO Development Group, a San Francisco design house that's worked on a variety of high-profile products like Zune 2.0 and the LiveScribe Pulse. MOTO's also done some work on Android-based e-readers
that never really went anywhere, but you probably know the company best for its controversial smartphone touchscreen linearity test
, which caused so much ruckus the firm actually re-did the whole thing
with a robot in charge. Cisco says the MOTO crew will live in the consumer products division, alongside Linksys, Valet, and Flip, so we should see some interesting cross-pollination soon -- and based on Cisco's middling recent efforts like the Flip Slide HD
, we'd even say MOTO might do well to lead a total revamp of the company's approach to consumer design. We'll see how it goes.