Fall is in full swing, and the year is winding down. You can just feel it. The first snow flurries are beginning to cover the leaf piles in the Northeast. The Chicago winds are whipping off Lake Michigan, sending chills down the spines of Bears Fans. And out here in the Bay Area, well, summer is setting in up North in San Francisco. I still can’t get over how that seems to happen every year…75 degrees in November!
And while much of the country might be winding down for winter, things are just starting to heat up for Cisco ūmi and the great team we have over here. It’s been a little over a month since the launch and we have so much to be thankful for this year. Cisco ūmi systems are shipping to customers who pre-ordered them, and they are now available at Magnolia locations through Best Buy.
Tomorrow is the first Thanksgiving that families and friends from coast-to-coast will be able to sit down– together –and give a live holiday toast for that most famous of meals with ūmi.
We received over 175 creative video submissions ranging from your television cooking dinner for you to hologram TV’s. A common video submission theme that we received was a television being a better communications vehicle.
The $10,000 Cisco TV Contest winners were two brothers from Tennessee who rapped about how they wish their television could be their companion, their best friend.
Well, Nick and Zack, Cisco was listening and unveiled the latest consumer product to the market last week in San Francisco- Cisco ūmi™ telepresence (pronounced you-me).
Cisco ūmi allows you to now “get together” with your best friend and experience high definition video calling in the comfort of your very own living room. Whether you are 10 miles away or 5000 miles away, Cisco ūmi makes it easy to connect with your best friend.
So here’s the million dollar question. If you had to choose one best friend to call, who would it be?
Also, check out this video interview with the winners of the $10,000 Cisco TV Contest to hear who they are and what they ended up doing with the grand prize money.
On May 13, 2010, Cisco launched “What If Your TV Could…?”, a video contest asking consumers to submit creative ideas about what they wish their TV could do for an opportunity at $10,000.
The contest ended on July 13, 2010, and we have had over175 video submissions in response to Cisco’s question, “If your TV could do anything, what would you want it to do?” on Cisco’s contest website.
Around the globe, people tuned in to view the videos totaling a ground-breaking 5.9 million views on the submissions.
The winners of the $10,000 Grand Prize were announced via a special live Talk2Cisco broadcast via Ustream.tv. Nick and Zack Eagles, produced the winning video “Best Friend” focusing on the importance of television in a person’s life.
Today, John Chambers announced Cisco ūmi™ telepresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together at the touch of a button. Simply connect ūmi to your HD television for get-together’s so clear and lifelike you can see what they see, hear what they hear and feel what they feel.
Show off your latest hairstyle, talk about the recent sports game, or sing Happy Birthday to someone you love. Cisco ūmi makes it easy to be there for life’s moments, whether they are big or small.
In celebration of the launch, Cisco’s Director of Consumer Marketing, Mike Kisch, invites you to “Like” the Cisco ūmi Facebook Fan Page and enter to win a ūmi system for you and a friend.