By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
Reading through the statistics on mental health is enough to make you, well, kind of depressed.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 26.2 percent of American adults – more than one in four – suffer from some form of mental illness each year. Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population – nearly 21 million adults – suffer from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, and about 6 percent live with a serious mental illness that significantly impedes their ability to live and work.
And according to the World Health Organization, the numbers are just as dire globally, with more than 450 million people worldwide suffering from mental illness.
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Tags: connected healthcare, home telepresence, internet, mental health, telemedicine
Palms sweaty, nerves tense, Chris P. steps to the screen. Eyes fixed intently on the 1080p HDTV in front of him. Chris steps back, fires the first question at 12-time All-Star legend and NBA champion Bill Russell. Swish. Sixty minutes and a lifetime’s worth of basketball knowledge later, Cisco made good on introducing Chris in Los Angeles with Bill Russell hundreds of miles away in his home via Cisco ūmi home telepresence.
You may recall Chris was the winner of our recent NBA Sweepstakes in which our online fans and followers got the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet Bill Russell live via Cisco ūmi. We got the chance to catch up with Chris and hear what he had to say about the experience. For starters, Chris had the same experience that many others have when they first try out ūmi. “I didn’t even realize I was in his house until he moved around and I saw the photos on his wall.” On the man himself, Chris was effusive with praise, noting “He was very easy to talk to and makes you feel like he’s someone you’ve talked to before. Very casual.
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Tags: Bill Russell, Celtics, Cisco umi, home telepresence, nba, TelePresence, ūmi
Last month, we partnered with the NBA to give our online fans and followers the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet NBA legend Bill Russell Jetson-style on home telepresence system Cisco ūmi. In addition to a conversation with Bill, participants were also entered to win a ūmi telepresence system, plus one year of free service, for them and a friend! We’re excited to announce Chris P. from Los Angeles as the winner of our Meet an NBA Legend Sweepstakes! We’re looking forward to a great conversation between Chris and Bill.
Wondering what questions Chris is going to ask a twelve-time All-Star Champion? Here is one of his questions “What was the driving force that helped you win 11 NBA Championships and 2 NCAA Championships?”
Like Chris, we are also giving our online community the chance to come up with a question of their own for Bill. Comment on this blog post with what you would like us to ask him on behalf of our online fans and followers. We’ll select the best one and let you know how Bill responds.
After the sweepstakes meet and greet, Chris can access his video messages with the new Cisco ūmi mobile app, available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices! This new feature is an easy way for ūmi subscribers to access their video messages and recorded videos on the go.
Thanks for entering and don’t forget to check back in on Facebook and Twitter for future promotions!
Tags: Bill Russell, Cisco umi, home telepresence, nba, ūmi
Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Meet an NBA Legend” Sweepstakes! We partnered with the NBA to give you the opportunity to talk to NBA legend Bill Russell on Cisco ūmi.
Fans visited our page on Facebook or the NBA Facebook page from June 3rd through June 19th for a chance to enter to win not only a one-hour conversation with Bill Russell on Cisco ūmi, but also your own ūmi system, plus one year of free service, for you and a friend! We had thousands of comments and interactions with fans excited to participate.
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Tags: Bill Russell, Cisco umi, home telepresence, legend, nba, player, ūmi, video calling
Undoubtedly, the best way to spend Father’s Day with dad is at one of his favorite places. We always have a big family dinner. What are your traditions? Do you go hiking? Go to the movies? Sit at home and watch golf? Regardless, there’s nothing like making dad feel like a king for a day doing whatever he likes to do best.
For those of us who don’t live close to home, technology is bringing us closer than ever before so that we can spend time with dad face-to-face. Sure, we can’t eat his famous burgers virtually (not yet at least) but we can catch up and tell him we love him through video calling. And with Cisco ūmi, you can tell him Happy Father’s Day from your couch in high-def on your HDTV.
As a thanks to dads all over the U.S., we’re offering you the perfect Father’s Day present: when you buy one ūmi, you get one free. Click on a logo below to start shopping:
But hurry up. This great deal ends on June 19, 2011.
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Tags: Bill Russell, Cisco, cisco home, Cisco umi, Father's Day, home telepresence, Paul Pierce, present, ūmi, video calling