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Watch How Cisco Takes Consumer Telepresence to the “Extreme”

We’re excited to announce that Cisco was a proud participant on yesterday’s Mother’s Day episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.

On this special episode, the team helps build a new home for Coach Carrie Prewitt and the three sisters she took in two years ago when their parents passed away.

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Cisco ūmi – Bringing families together like never ever before

Check out this cool blog post from Kristen at CoolMomTech on her experience with ūmi!

Our closest family is over 2000 miles away.  This means other than a few annual visits, our together time is relegated to phone calls and computer conferencing, both of which can be tough with four squirmy kids under six like I have. But recently, Cisco offered to allow my family the opportunity to try out their new Umi telepresence, which turns your TV into a Jetsons-era videoconferencing system, and I am blown away.

This system is, quite simply, a perfect--and perfectly amazing--example of how technology is connecting families today. Let’s just say My mother-in-law was rendered speechless, and that’s pretty hard to do.

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Honor Your Mother This May – The ūmi Way

While children should honor and respect their mothers every day, most countries set aside one day out of the year to officially celebrate moms. This year, in the U.S., Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8. We hope that you live near your mom, but if you don’t, Cisco ūmi can help you stay connected and now through May 21st, when you buy one ūmi, get one FREE!

Here are five ways to honor your mother via ūmi this Sunday:

  1. The courtesy of a call – Sometimes, all it takes to say “I love and care about you” is a phone call. With ūmi, you can do even better. We’re giving you the capability of video conferencing with your mom on the HDTV in your living room! Place a call out to her and show her that you care!
  2. Take her out to dinner – Even if you can’t be there in person to take your mom out to dinner, you can host a dinner via ūmi. Share the same recipe and wine selection, and enjoy a pleasant dinner while catching up on what’s new in your lives.
  3. It’s a generational thing – If you have children, invite them to sit down and chat with your mom. She’s a grandmother, too, and would love to see their smiling faces. Read More »

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Cisco Takes Consumer Telepresence to the “Extreme”

We’re excited to announce that Cisco is a proud participant in this Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.  From the moment he gives his “good morning” wakeup call, Ty Pennington is bent on bringing neighbors together using one environmentally-friendly brick at a time. On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, it’s a race against time as Ty and a team of designers, contractors and hundreds of workers have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house! And every family has a heart-warming backstory about serving as local heroes, community leaders, and ultimately, inspirations to us all.

We teamed up with  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help the Prewitt-Brewer family stay connected with their relatives across the country. To see how, tune-in this Sunday May 8 at 8/7p central on ABC.

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Cisco ūmi Now Available in 720p HD Resolution & Special Offer

Last month we announced an expansion of the Cisco ūmi telepresence product line with the addition of Cisco ūmi with 720p HD resolution, priced at $399.  I’m happy to announce that Cisco ūmi with 720p HD resolution is available starting today at the Cisco Home Store. It is uniquely designed for homes with lower broadband speed (requires 1.5 Mbps upload/download) making it even easier for ūmi customers to expand their calling circles. Cisco ūmi offers advanced features such as video recording and sharing on Facebook or YouTube directly from the TV that other products don’t have.

The new Cisco ūmi with 720p HD resolution will also be available soon at Amazon.com.  We’ve strategically expanded our distribution through Amazon.com as well as through partnerships with leading service providers as we continue to make Cisco ūmi accessible to more people across the United States, and then globally.

Since Mother’s Day is less than a week away, we’d also like to share a special offer with you:  Now through May 20th, 2011, you can buy one ūmi and get one free. That’s a savings of up to $499, and a great way to make mom very happy on her special day. Visit Cisco.com/umi for details on the ūmi “buy one get one free” special offer.  And while you are there, be sure to learn about ūmi’s latest product features, including the ability to:

  • record videos and share them on Facebook or YouTube directly from your TV,
  • view ūmi messages while on the go with the Cisco ūmi mobile app for iOS and Android and use your smartphone as a remote control for your ūmi system (coming in the near future)

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