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Cisco at CES 2011: How Do You Perform LIVE Interactive Magic Tricks from Las Vegas to LA Without Travelling?

Two words…..Cisco ūmi!

We were ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring our magician, Jeff, LIVE over Cisco ūmi from Santa Monica to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas so he could show off his magic tricks. Crowds of people huddled around to get on camera and show off their Exhibitor passes so that Jeff could have the opportunity to personalize their ”magical” experience with ūmi for the first time.

It was amazing to see the reaction on people’s faces as soon as they saw ūmi. Many of them thought that we were playing a video of magic tricks on our HD Television, until Jeff would comment on what folks were wearing or would take a photo of the crowd at CES who were anxiously waiting to see what Jeff had in store for them.

Check out the reaction of one of the exhibitor’s at CES 2011 as he experienced his first a ūmi magic trick experience from over 300 miles away.

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How do I keep iPads off of my factory floor?

This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer:  Good luck! …And why would you want to?

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Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.

The migration of technology and applications from Consumer to Business to Industrial has become a well worn path, and the use of Smart Phones, Tablets, Mobile Video and other Operator Interfaces powering work flows and industrial intelligence has become a mainstay for Manufacturers.  Read More »

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Microsoft Lync Interoperability with Cisco Telepresence

No question there is a lot of buzz around Microsoft Lync. Planned interoperability between Cisco TelePresence endpoints and Microsoft Lync is targeted for delivery in the first half of calendar year 2011. The solution will consist of the same components and work the same way that Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) and Cisco TelePresence Advanced Media Gateway work with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 today. VCS will connect to the Lync server via a SIP trunk and enable CIF video interoperability in addition to the other capabilities provide by the integration such as presence, encryption, etc. The Advanced Media Gateway will bring the added benefit of HD (720p) or VGA resolution and enable the best visual experience possible between the two environments.

Below is a short video demo.

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NHL’s press conference marks first time professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence to host multi-city gathering

On Tuesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman used Cisco TelePresence technology to speak with reporters in NYC, San Jose and Toronto while in Palm Beach, Fla., during the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

This marked the first time that a professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence technology to host a multi-city press conference.

He opened the session by announcing the league had renewed and expanded a multiyear partnership with Cisco, which will feature our technology solutions in key video-dependent areas such as hockey operations, business operations, marquee events and direct-to-consumer applications.

Commissioner Bettman also announced that Flip video cameras will feature logos from all 30 NHL teams.

The NHL Flip video cameras are available to order here.

Videos from the event are featured below. Video blogs from Cisco’s Diane Dudeck, senior director of worldwide media and sports marketing, and David Lehanski, NHL Group Vice President, are also included. Read More »

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GE Innovation – Thinking Outside of the Box (or Should that be ‘Square’?)

December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am PST

As I’m focusing more on Collaboration and Innovation and less on Supply Chain these days, I thought I’d share a story of ‘Ideation with you for my opening blog.  That’s because it’s usually one of the first steps in the product development lifecycle, and makes chronological sense when discussing innovation. In later blogs I’ll share some of the subsequent steps – you know: Selection, Prototyping, Validation, Development and finally, Launch. Different companies use different terms and different processes, but all good products start out with a good idea.

Let me take you back in time for a moment. When I was eight years old I noticed that the local UK comic magazine that I bought on a weekly basis was running competitions for readers to submit puzzles for other readers to solve. I was attracted to the Secret Service game that was one of the prize options, but what was my idea? How was I going to win if I didn’t have a good idea? Well, I decided that I’d submit a match puzzle -- you know we actually had lots of matches in the 60’s! This puzzle isn’t hard (please remember I was eight years old) and looked something like the picture above. The question was “How do you make a square by adding just one more match and not moving the others?”

Anyway, fairly obvious that you make a square by placing a forth match adjoining the other three to make a square with the bases as in the next picture (click ‘read more’ when finished with this page to see how). Well, I had the pride of seeing my puzzle published and, more importantly for me, I actually won the Secret Service game! But that’s not the point… Read More »

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