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ūmi, Mother Nature and a Small Living Space Could Equal $70,000

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.

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So you bought a new high-definition TV…….NOW WHAT? Part 2

Monica Vila, founder of The Online Mom, talked about the evolution of video calling in Part 1. She emphasized the importance of Cisco ūmi to connect with family and friends and was waiting for the arrival of ūmi for the holidays!

Monica is all set-up and is excited to share her very first video message recorded using ūmi from the comfort of her own living room.

Check out why Monica is excited to have ūmi in her life!

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How Do You ūmi?

This is a story from Mike Ritch, one of our Cisco ūmi users!

All of our families experienced working with the ūmi.  We are grandparents and have children and grandchildren who live a distance from us – Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA, and Silver Spring, MD.  Because of this, we are not able to travel to visit them very often.  Through the magic of umi, we have been able to “visit” on a weekly basis and have been able to solidify the bond with our children and grandchildren, and them to us.  One of the grandchildren told me recently that “in the past, we hardly ever saw you, but now we can see you all the time”.  The HD video makes it so vivid, like they really in the same room with you.

Some of the things we have been able to do is play charades with each other, watch the younger grandchildren practice their new “dance moves”, have funny face contests, listen to mini recitals of children as they played their instrument, share in the excitement of displaying new clothes, watch an enthusiastic explanation from a 10 yr. old of what she had learned at school about photography, and how cameras take pictures and invert the image.

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Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays Contest

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the holidays? For most of us, it’s spending time together with family…..but it’s not always possible. Imagine bringing your family and friends to your living room on your HD television to share the holiday spirit together even when you’re miles apart. Now you can through the power of Cisco ūmi and the Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays contest.

To enter, upload your favorite photo of you and/or someone you wish you could see for the holidays, and tell us why you want to see them. Tell your friends to vote for your picture so you can have a shot at winning a ūmi telepresence system and service for you and a friend for a year!

Prizes: Five (5) Winners will receive two (2) Cisco ūmi systems + 1 year free service.

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Cisco ūmi: Going Haywire for WIRED

Let’s face it.  There are very few things that are considered the cat’s meow in the tech world.

Getting a positive review from Walt Mossberg.  Appearing at DEMO.  Seeing a company profile appear in Forbes.

Oh, and having the most popular technology culture magazine recognize your product.

So you’ll have to pardon the excitement when we tell you that Cisco ūmi has been selected as one of the products to be showcased in the annual holiday Wired Store Gallery.

The shopping space in the Tower Records building at 692 Broadway, New York City, showcases consumer electronics, gaming, active gear, home goods, eco-lifestyle items, apparel and children’s toys.

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