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Cisco Cius and ūmi take Center Stage in Prime Time

Last week, Cisco solutions made a big splash across two of television’s hottest shows!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the main characters on the hit CBS show, NCIS: LA, used the Cisco Cius tablet to help catch the bad guy and solve the case! Using the Cius across multiple scenes, main show characters Sam, Callen, Eric, and Nell use the device for a live video session while docked to analyze clues in the lab, then go mobile with the Cius to continue the video conversation and deliver proof of the crime. If you missed last night’s heart pounding episode, check out a short clip to see the Cius in action: http://videolounge.cisco.com/video/04853b-cius-helps-solve-ncis-la-case/.

This Mother’s Day, May 8th, viewers were be able to see how ūmi, Cisco’s Home TelePresence solution, is allowing people to be together from anywhere. We’re excited to announce that Cisco was a proud participant in Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.  We teamed up with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help the Prewitt-Brewer family stay connected with their relatives across the country. Click here to watch a clip from Sunday’s amazing episode: http://home.cisco.com/en-us/telepresence/umi/emhe

Showcasing Cisco products in television and film is an exciting way to demonstrate the powerful impact Cisco solutions can make on business and in the home. Whether you are fighting crime or connecting with your long-distance family on our ever-growing Human Network, Cisco is truly changing the way people work, live, play and learn.

Check out the videos, share your thoughts and let us know what you think!

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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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“Like” Curbed On Facebook, Win a Pair of Cisco ūmis + 1 Year of Service!

Check this cool giveaway out and have a chance to win a pair of ūmis + 1 year of free service on each!

See that happy family to the right? Yeah, you wish you were them, jumping for joy as they connect, remotely via video, to their friends across the country.

Well, we’re always asking you to do stuff for us here on Curbed—follow us on Twitter, sign up for the newsletters—but now we’re making good on our promise to give away good stuff. Starting this very moment, we’re offering one lucky reader two Cisco ūmis and a year of free service, a little bundle of technological joy totaling $1,200. All you’ve got to do is head over to our Facebook page and click that magical “Like” button. Right before Memorial Day weekend, we’ll pull one name at random from our Facebook fans and connect to dole out the massive prize.

Here’s what Cisco ūmi can do for you.

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Cisco ūmi Giveaway: Win a Pair of Cisco ūmi Telepresence Units + 1 Year Service

This article was guest posted by Jen Tilley from MomItForward.com.

Do you have loved ones who live far away? How do you communicate with them? With the technology available today, there are several ways to connect with family and friends. But now more than ever, there are technologies and products that will put you face-to-face with the people that matter to you the most.

With Cisco ūmi (pronounced You-Me) — a first of its kind video calling system that works through any HD TV — moms can connect live with their family and friends to share all of life’s special moments live through the television, from the comfort of their living room couch. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and moms, grandmothers, and sisters across the country can celebrate with their loved ones face-to-face, whether near or far.

Party Topic

Join Cisco ūmi and our panel of experts as we discuss ways to stay connected with family and friends using technology. The party will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 9-11 ET (8CT, 7MT, 6PT). Click here to see details about the giveaway and enter for a chance to win.

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