Cisco ūmi made its appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last month when Oprah and her best friend Gayle reconnected with people they met on a camping trip to Yosemite National Park. Most recently, Oprah hosted a book discussion with author Jonathan Franzen, audience members, online fans and yes, even Cisco ūmi users.
After the release of Jonathan’s new novel about the trials and tribulations of an American family, titled Freedom, the book soon became an Oprah’s Book Club 2010 Selection. Jonathan was invited to take the stage with Oprah and open up about his latest body of work. He answered questions ranging from very easy to downright strange, from readers in the audience and online. But the discussion got really interesting when Oprah used Cisco ūmi to introduce the Gower Street Book Club from Tacoma Washington. This group of 10 men fit perfectly on screen! Skip to 19:35 in the segment to see a unique camera angle, crystal clear close-up and facial expressions of the Gower Street Book Club!
Now, it’s my turn to share with you MY life UNSCRIPTED!
Over the past Thanksgiving holiday, my wife Suzanne’s parents were out visiting from Ohio. Since they were spending Thanksgiving with us, they weren’t able to see Suzanne’s sister and her two sons so we used ūmi to stay in touch over the weekend.
My ultimate favorite feature of Cisco ūmi is recording video messages. I can easily record teaching my 3 year old daughter, Ava, how to give a high five (which we are still working on) while holding one of my newborn twins, Noah, in my other hand. Using umi connect, I can then upload my videos directly to Facebook, YouTube, or Flipshare to share with my family and friends. Check us out here and beware I just woke up
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Design an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420 square feet.
Your reward for completing the mission more successfully than anyone else: Up to $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas.
The LifeEdited contest was created by TreeHugger.com Founder Graham Hill when he decided he would renovate an apartment in New York City in 2011. It’s not just any renovation though. Hill believes we all need to live in less space and have fewer possessions, thereby saving money, reducing environmental impact and living simpler lives. Thus, the need for a 420sf apartment with an ultra-low footprint. And not only has he put out the challenge to the world, he’s backing it up with just rewards for the winning entrant.